Poetry, Tale Africa

I refuse to write another love poem

By Siphosethu Mpungose, South Africa:

I refuse to write another love poem

Because every love lost is a page torn and every love gained is a new sonnet

I refuse to write another love poem because I am tired of writing myself in and out, in and out of love

Spinning the web of he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me and then I'm caught and then I'm stuck with the one who loves me not

I refuse to write another love poem because I've written one too many and frankly I'm enough

I refuse to write another love poem because my soul isn't a pick 'n' feel good for your ego, and I refuse to be the check-out girl stroking it and packaging chunks of my soul into dirty brown paper bags

I refuse to lay my soul at your operating table, only for it to die and have you lie, claiming you loved me when you didn't give me my love's worth

I refuse to write another love poem because thanks to you I am all loved out…emotionally unavailable until further notice

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