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ESTHER GEORGE has actually been a guest here sometime before and now I’m having her over again. Her poetic pieces just seem to touch each and every one of us at the deepest places we could ever imagine. This time she makes a dirge to a lover, but how she assumes the role of a man is something so rare. More so, a man over three score years. Take a chill pill and enjoy this.

She left me unknowingly,
Leaving me distasteful,
Leaving me wistful,
Leaving me single again,
Again, I’m punished by love!

She left no goodbye notes,
No goodbye kiss,
Not even a peck on the forehead,
Yet again I’m disturbed,
Disturbed by the memories she left behind.

I promised to love you forever,
To never replace you.
But loneliness has become my companion,
Should I scour for another lover?
Again, I’m punished by love!

When will I see you again?
When will I behold your utmost beauty?
When will I waltz with you?
When will I hear your beautiful laughter?
Beloved, I’m punished by love again!

Beloved, I’m 70, old and gray.
Waiting for death to come take me too.
Honey, we planned to die together.
But death is so cruel, it took you first.
I’m punished by love again.
I will wait for death to come.
Just like I waited and suffered to have you.
You will forever be mine!

Esther George is an indigene of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. Born December 17,2000 in Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria. She is an African poet, writer, spoken word performer, motivational speaker and a student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state currently studying History and International studies.

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