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After Ten Years

Updated on August 9, 2014

You left him

without ever turning around

Or leaving cell number unchangeable

He cried out day and night

Years long enough stuck in pain

Pain lingers and it won’t leave you in peace If you keep skipping chances.

"This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

“For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.”
― D.H. Lawrence.

Your letter in Easter egg form was a treasure beyond measure

Now torn to pieces after ten years as if they were expired, never sent.

Your scent in T-shirt was perfume intoxicant

Now ten years a piece of garment desiccant

Old flames rekindled when ears stumble upon such names

He loved her more than anything

Love that knew no red lines , No weary

Stalwart as a fortress

Sweet as nectar of a blooming flower

Not enough

She said

At last

Letting her inside go of

and then pitch-black night sky blobbed on him toughly

Vision lost


He fumbled

And stumbled

Only ,


Strong legs..tent poles !!

Antarctica his sweat

Still silently

Rolling down

Even though

His heart skipped only a beat

And then off again palpitating.

Back to normalcy,

Back to confidence,

“She can’t leave me , she is stuck in here as I am”

He thought.


She left without turning around

She had to .

Life pretty good outside cage

Vast apace , much ado

No balls and chains

Rebellious spirit has no brakes and knows no bars

He fell to the ground



Here and there

Like a broken vase

A lot of pain, a lot of tears

Bitter days, cold nights


As years passed

Void of light, void of warmth

Existence unresolved

He thought

As demons etch their words daily, tattooing his inside.

Not enough

Memories fades the same way a ship getting away the port.

The scent of the sea

Wafts past on the wind

Caressing his nose ,

Word is born

Apocalypse begins

A hand catches a rope

Not straw !!!


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    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Lady E,

      Thanks so much for the comment.I hope you are doing so well there.

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks kim for your input.i appreciate it so much.

    • Lady_E profile image


      4 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful and Inspiring. I love your way with words.

    • ocfireflies profile image


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      so poignant and heartfelt on so many levels -- voted up for sure



    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco


      Thanks so much for your lovely comment.I appreciate it so much.Have a wonderful day there !

    • anglnwu profile image


      5 years ago

      Lovely. Like how you interspersed your poem with clever comments.

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Dear Faith,

      Thanks so much for the beautiful comment.Psychologically,I feel so good when I write about this issue.It's kind of therapy .

      Have a wonderful day there!

      Blessings to you too.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Tijani,

      Your words run the full gamut from the top of that mountaintop of love, through passion, down to pain and life. Wow!

      Superb. Love your imagery and quotes, especially the D.H. Lawrence one.

      Up and more and away

      Blessings always

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      AudreyHowitt ,

      Thanks for the visit and care.I am O.K .I hope you too.

      Have a nice day there!

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco


      Thanks a lot.I am trying to do my best here.

      Have a nice day !

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco


      Thanks for the vote.Have a wonderful weekend!

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Debbie,I will be there soon ..Just little patience lol

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Good to see a poem from you--sad piece--hope you are well!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful work, although it tells a sad tale. I see signs of a brilliant poet.

    • LailaK profile image


      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very sad, yet beautifully written. Voted up :)

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      James it is so good to see your wonderful writing... I am so glad you will be writing at AP... MANY BLESSINGS MY DEAR..




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