My Ladylove Was Not So Tough

One lady encountered I
at an odd time in late July
odd I say because it was not a trial
just a perfect escapade of a liar

But that was not my perpetual toga
I felt unusually serious with a swagger
I was dangerously determined
even if I was struck with a dagger

Never had I been so stupidly mesmerized
never had such sensation got me so stupefied
but alas, mine was not a usual show of affectation
I truly had a feel of romantic affection

My mind was milder and tender
even tender than the care of a babysitter
my heart was deeper and fonder
even Romeo’s could not have been so fonder

Her voice was calm like a sunless winter
her cheerful smile was warmer than a cool weather
her soft spot cleverly hidden in a ladylike manner
but l pressed on with a masculine ginger

I approached her not with a devious sense
and her response was not so tense
but l wasn’t so good with words with women
especially the one so elevated with high acumen

She posed with self-conscious beauty laced with pride
with a defence not to be taken for an easy ride
whether consciously or absentmindedly
all l know is my words had some weight

I told her she was a damsel
and her world would never be a hell
I told her she was an angel
and that cannot be too much to tell

She smiled faintly concealing her interest
I knew l had won
at last my pressing yielded a gentle nod
and a breezely quiver of her slender body

I’ll think about it, she said ducking
yes of course, l saw it coming
the words parted her lips like an apparition
so brief, so soothing and much enthralling

I went home that day as a lady’s lord

Basit Olatunji

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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