A ROMANTIC AFFAIR BECOMES ABUSIVE…A POEM DEDICATED TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE . SAY NO TO ABUSE!!
ENTRAPPED IN RHYME
Sweet and smooth sensations flooded my eager body
in the wake of dark nights.
Moons ago he held me in the rain, begging the stars
to switch off their lights.
Lingering long kisses
drenched in sin,
My heart in desperate dearth,
Pounding, smoldering at the scene of my rebirth; though I fear the wrath,
yet plunged into an abyss; his honeycomb.
Till eternity, this bouquet of freshly scented and blossoming
May day flowers
would wither not, I yearn. But why does his smile grow wry?
My soul cowers.
Have I in reckless abandon sold my joy and soul to
his visiting demons?
Perturbed, I hear his voice spitting fire, heaps of hot
painful coal in tons;
Hell’s sermons dragging me to an early tomb.
Seeing him approach through the crack in the wall,
my throbbing head vibrates;
Yet hoping he comes in peace, but alas,his demons with him irate.
Telling myself we’ll be fine, drained in spirit;Have I ever really
In my misery, I feel a gentle breeze from afar, a hole in the darkness I see so dim.
My weary soul says enough! It’s time for you to jump!
Shuddering, I see him comb the river bank, my feet tied,
holding me captive;
nursing irreparable wounds, eyes popping out in dread,
hiding like a fugitive.
A little prayer I say, calling on Yahweh and singing
softly in melancholy voice.
A passing canoe, comes gliding nigh, unperturbed
by the villain’s empty noise,
and lands me safely on freedom’s shores,
as I find myself and succumb.
ABOUT THE POEM
The poem is written to inspire young people to say NO to abusive relationships. It narrates a young couple’s romantic love affair which started well but ended in abuse. As the relationship progresses, the woman in the poem is plunged into fears due to… his visiting demons (the anger and aggressive outbursts and violent actions of the man sometimes), but she holds on in her entrapment, hoping he will change for the better.
Eventually, she could no longer bear the verbal and emotional abuse and finds ways to escape. The effects of the man’s distasteful actions pursue her even as she tries to free herself from the pain. Finally, she takes flight and gets solace through an outlet (the canoe), which carries her to safety where she will discover that she matters, finds her true self, and experiences the meaning of true love.
Mariama Munia Zombo
Photo credit: Lorbah Konneh, Bintu Baindu Konneh and Zoquoi Safla Joan Zombo