Poetry Play #52

poetry play penastory

Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji and Kawthar



Every night I pray to Allah for sweet dreams

And He keeps sending you like salt in the soup of my dream


But you are beyond reach

As are my dreams

Lurking in a place no one’s ever returned from.


In the crevices of the night

I forge love letters, place them under my pillow

And hope that I will give them to you when we meet in my dreams


These dreams like life is ephemeral


Unlike the letters I cannot forge dreams as I wish

The love letters remain

Beneath my pillow

Beyond your reach


But somehow I feel you read them

Because in the morning, the letters smell of your fragrance

And I hold them to my nose for the rest of the day


My imaginations these must be

You aren’t of this world

Yours is a world mine considers mystery

Consider that all can tell

Is you

Rotting beneath the earth


I wish I can pull you out of the labyrinth of your dark world

Into the light of my world

But most times, the gods don’t answer wishes


If your world is truly dark

I cannot tell

Maybe I’m he in darkness

I’m the one who cannot see

Or reach you

The dead don’t they say

Can see all?


But I thought the dead are sleeping souls

And that’s why we can only connect in dreams?

Well, if you are awake, and can see

Please look at the handwriting on the wall of my heart


They tell of a heart scarred by your departure

Of grief that accompanies loss

Look at me and see

Just see

What I have become


I have become what I don’t want to become

Because you are not beside me

You are not here to add fragrance to my flower


And I have withered

You will never come back

For that’s asking for miracles

I no longer believe



NB: Poetry Play, a product of Artilogue in partnership with PenAStory, is a game in form of poetic dialogue for every poet on BBM. It is a game of two poets: one drops a line or more, and the other replies, flowing along until one of them gives up, or the poem gets too long. Every poem formed from this game will be published here (penastory.com) every Friday and Saturday. So poets, are you ready to play? If yes, contact Samuel via BBM: 7baa55ae

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About PenAStory

PenAStory is a group of young individuals with a passion for literature who have decided to come together to write under one platform. We seek to educate, inform as well as entertain our readers. Also, because we are targeting young literature lovers, we would like to touch on other interests of their lives hence the relationship category and because we all need a bit of motivation in our lives, we decided inspiration won't be so bad
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