Poets’ Thursday: Love is blind?

Poets' Thursday

I don’t believe that love is blind.
I see your flaws with a magnificent pair of eyes, modified by proximity.
I see your rumpled shirt, creased still by tell-tale signs of a day in the real world.
I do not see perfect teeth when you smile, I see lips spreading shamelessly with true joy.
I do not see your new pair of second-hand shoes, but I recognize those sure strides as you come home.
I do not hear your voice over the phone because you own a customized iPhone.
I hear the voice of a woman hollering at someone to buy her wares, and I know you are at a market trying hard to succeed.
I may not remember the song.
I remember it was your croaky voice, sputtering out beautiful words.
I see you when all the fanciness is gone.
I hear you when there’s nothing to listen to.
It’s not blindness.
It’s unconditional love.


Maryjane Nwankwo


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3 replies added

  1. Walter July 14, 2016 Reply

    Truth served so beautifully.

  2. Bimpe September 22, 2016 Reply

    Gosh, I wish I could write a poem this beautifully to someone I love. It’s so real, flaws and all

    Or maybe I should just copy this one, lol.

    • Chisom September 22, 2016 Reply

      Hahaha. They wee just catch you and call you copy-copy. lmao.

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