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Live for two by Peter Benjamin Peter and Esther Umoh


At the bus stop it all started

Ojuelegba! Ojuelegba! Ojuelegba!!!

The conductor’s song of daily bread

Though with no butter to spread

Sitting by each other, they conversed and laughed

Digits on demand lived on each phone

“Have a nice day”

They parted with a smile

As the rain drove lovers off the bay

Down the bedroom, Down the aisle


On the eve of the next day

They lived in the virtual world

Out of earth they traveled

Questions asked, some answered

Others left for the maker

Seconds gave birth to minutes

Minutes suckled into hours

Hours crawled into days

They built a castle of their love story

As the day grew by, they dwelled in it


Their love they built in isolation

Away from hate and tearful erosion

Away from pain and sadness

Away as far as the wilderness

But stormy winds blew their love castle

Though made of concrete, still bowed to the storm

Storm of jealousy, storm of envy

Storm so heavenly, yet so deadly

Crashing on dreams and promises

Crashing on love’s hypothesis


On a sickbed laid

The female version of the architecture

Her bedside he flooded with tearful emotions

For the storm, her heart foundation shook

And her breath, the lightening took

In their last moment as unknown lovers

Moment of tears, love’s last supper

For in nuptial nuts they weren’t screwed

And in love’s captivity, never glued

She said these words with a dying breath


“Though you drive, please take a walk

To the park where it all started

Have a seat, smile and converse

As though I’m with you

Laugh so hard, let a tear drop

And kiss the palm you held my hand

When your home you build

Build as though for two

For in you I still live

Please build for two


When the walls of your tummy churn

And the bells ring out in yawn

A call for food, and food you buy

Don’t forget I live in you

Set a plate opposite you

Stare at it, smile and cry

For there’s a placenta

That connects me to you

Lest I die in hunger”


In Romeo’s eyes he admired the poison

Shaved and trapped in Sampson’s prison

Emotions drowned in Titanic’s ocean

To die for two, a Valentine’s portion

In her eyes he saw white angels

Dancing to the beat of her collapsing heart

Every sound they scripted in pages

Her arrival to grace in melodious art

Speedily he sealed her lips with a kiss

And to her ears whispered these


“You were formed of my rib

Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone

Make me not a crown without a throne

Share my rib. No, take the rib

If with death’s wind you get blown

And live’s ship, I sail alone

If destiny berth on hardship’s zone

In whose arms shall I moan and groan?

When death gobbles my cornerstone

And I’m left with a house without a home


Please, send me a message to Mama

A little tears, a little drama

As I hobble the gloomy path of dark shadows

And crown you, a single widow

Print my name on a million candles

A monument of flames, in memories of love

Of you I shall tell to a thousand angels

And our story scripted here and above

So kiss me the poison, and live anew

For love, I will die for two



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