Treasure Island

Jasmine Fafanyo Awagah

(6th September 1994 / Accra)

How We Used To Be


So sweet I thought it was
Nothing ever felt better, I found no cause
to say I do not love you
Me and you were together out of love, it was of no blue
I never had a clue
that as it began, it would just end up in an abandoned shoe
Smelling so bad that rotten undergrounds complain
I thought it was real love so I held a campaign
They say love hurts but not as this pain
Together are so many things we have gained

We used to watch the birds fly high in the blue skies
We used to go to the parties
Play our own silly games
We get through the fight without blames
We were set ablaze unquenchable hyperactive flames
The love we had was so strong

I held you so tight like roots, you got deep into my core
Thinking the storm will get stronger I never thought before
I never wanted you to go so I dived into the sea, I was your anchor
The french kisses admired us and always said 'encore'
We embraced each other in a world that was never ours
All these while we were at the basement, never saw the top of the tower

The tower of realty looked down on us
It wiped us dry of this false water, we were toweled
The test of truth we never passed
But in lies not love we cuddled
Paddled into the truth made us broken
Like a cock who just lost his wattle
Our identity all these times were missing
If we ever loved each other? That question is now riddled

I stand in front of the mirror looking at you today
We look so much alike but we were different personalities
I thought you loved me but you regretted everything I did
Why didn't you just say?
But it is good our old love is gone, we found new hobbies
This time guild will not hunt us like it did
I just got sick of the part of me which got me immoral
The love for that me is dead, it was mortal
My new love is the new me, the guy I see in the mirror

Submitted: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 17, 2014

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