Poets’ Thursday Review: TO RIGHT MY WRONGS

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To Right My Wrongs is a description of pain, the kind that love gone wrong can wreak on a person. It’s a depiction of a strong conflict within the sufferer, conflict borne out of long-term suffering and a very belated realization that this love was not meant to be.

I see your lips move

But I cannot hear a thing

I look unseeingly through you

At what used to be a beauty

And I see instead

Such distorted ugliness

I wince

You reach out your hand

I shrink back

You want a hug

I am too broken to offer even that

There is also reluctance here.

I wonder

Why I still pick your calls

Why I talk to you

The reluctance is understated but sure – that hesitancy that comes from the unasked question: ‘What if…’ What if he can change? What if she just needs to see some more loving from me to know that we belong together? What if I’m bailing too soon? What if this, what if that… These are those doubts that are fuelled by hope, which keeps us trapped, immobile, shuffling our feet in toxic relationships.

These relationships are everywhere, all around us. The female university undergraduate with the perpetually cheating boyfriend… The stay-at-home father with a career-driven shrew of a wife… The gay man or woman whose lover has to go home at the end of the day to his or her family… The belaboured wife whose identity has been robbed by an abusive marriage… The benevolent brother who can’t seem to say no to his train-wreck of a sibling… The teenager who keeps going back for more from the man who molested her when she was eight…

The world is full of ugly relationships, toxic dalliances… And at some point in our lives, the sufferer should be able to harness the presence of mind to quit the struggle and do it like Wolfe speaks of in his poem; one day, you should be able to look into the eyes of that person who is the source of all that inner turmoil and mine the will to right your wrongs.

To Right My Wrongs is a description of pain, struggle, and the conflicts of a heart yearning to breathe.

It is also about moving on, victory, and that deep, refreshing inhalation you take in the end before taking the first step to a beginning.


Written by Walter Uchenna Ude

Walter is an award winning Nigerian Writer, Poet and Veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word, the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter. He writes at http://www.mymindsnaps.com/.


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8 replies added

  1. Chizzy October 29, 2015 Reply

    Walter biko, the ‘stay at home ‘ dad choose to do so

    • Walter October 29, 2015 Reply

      Chizzy, the circumstances of a stay-at-home dad is oftentimes not that cut and dried.

  2. thefemaleigboarchitect October 29, 2015 Reply

    great review! walter is right..sometimes people sit in their homes and criticise a person for staying in an obviously parasitic relationship and conclude there and then that he or she is stupid. most times people stay in these relationships because they have no where else to go or because they have this hope that the person they are with would change to the person they knew. I used to judge people from adistance until i decided to go close and see for myself. My point is, no man is an island, when anyone finds him/herself in any relationship like this and just doesnt have the will or strength to leave, pray and confide in someone to give you that strength to leave before you get completely broken. if we find ourselves in a situation where we know another person who is going through it, just be there for that person and pray for him or her. that’s all we can do.

  3. Wolfe October 29, 2015 Reply

    I read this review and I must admit: Walter’s review…twas so on point.

    …n then I read TheFemaleIgboArchitect’s comment…twas the WordOfTheLord.

    Thank you Chisom and Walter. You guys rock.

    • Chisom October 29, 2015 Reply

      Rock is you right back! lol

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