Towards the end of last year, Toyole emailed me this write-up that was written by her friend Itoro. She only wanted me to read it, but I really liked it and asked for Itoro’s permission to post it. I am positive you will like this beautiful piece after reading it.
I knew love
Or so I thought
Well, for starters, the love I knew had an ultimatum
Love me and I’ll love you
The love I knew was in a give and take relationship with me
Whatever I put into it was what I got from it
The love I knew was beautiful when things were rosy and calm
But when the storm came, I swear I couldn’t recognise the love I thought I knew.
I found it surprising how the love I knew quickly became best friends with anger when I said or did something wrong
The love I knew was two-faced like a coin
When the odds were not in my favour, the same coin that showed me the love I knew
Showed me the hatred and bitterness I had no intention of knowing
The love I knew gave me cards on my birthday
The love I knew told me “ I love you”
The love I knew treated me like a princess
But had no qualms with treating another person, like its very own slave
So yeah the love I knew was not very kind
The love I knew was also not very patient
When the love I knew could not survive my shortcomings,
The love I knew gave up on me.
Rumour has it that there is a different kind of love
One I’m not familiar with.
They say this love is genuine
This love just saw you make that “yeah-right” face
But loves you anyway
This love loved you before the beginning of time
This love has no ultimatum
It loves you anyway whether or not it gets love back from you
And through the rain and the storm
This love does not waiver
This love is slow to anger
This love never changes
And when it is hard to look at yourself and love yourself
This love reminds you that it is big enough for two
Even though this love is PERFECT!
This love does not expect you to be perfect and loves you with all your shortcomings.
This love is the reason that there is a day celebrated as your birthday.
This love was the reason the most perfect being died
Because this love just wanted you to know that it loved you!!!!
This love tells you that there is a place in heaven for you
This love loves you too much to give up on you
And if the word “you” was replaced by the word “me”
in this entire paragraph
Nothing would change
So yes, this love loves ME
Just as much as it loves YOU
And just when I say to myself
I would be stupid not to take all the money that I have and give it in exchange for this love
This love smiles and tells me that there is no need for that
By Itoro Edelduok1