My Eternal Valentina

(For my beloved)

I may not have the word
to build a beautiful world
but I have a robust expression
beyond a cracking repression

I may not have the wealth
to create an haling health
but I have a gentle heart
that understands love as art

I may not be the best of all vals
but I make no single story of all gals

You shot me
in the centre of my heart
now the cupid finds solace
in its hollow place
It sticks to it
like a durable glue

Now my heart bears
your recurring physiognomy
I read every part of you
in the map of my dreams
every part is a subject
of my fantastic reveries

Now I see you newly
in my fecund imagination
I see the radiant smile
that fits your moderate lips
like a round glowing silver moon
in a cloudless plain sky

I see you newly
in this waking dawn
I see your heart
as a alloy of my heart
same happiness gives it power
same feelings write the book
of our joint minds

I see you newly
in this weather shift
as day takes off its yester skin
to wear the garment
of a young new day

I see you differently today
not with borrowed eyes
but with these same eyes
that see beyond the stereotypes
of the same static object

I see in you
a simplicity of splendid aesthetics
not a complexity of arid specifics

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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