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Below is the poem entitled IF ONLY which was written by poet FRANCIS NZIOKI. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.



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How much does it cost to say yes  
how many teardrops… do you want to see flow
how many curses …do you want to hear 
how many sunsets do u want to pass in regrets 
how many sleepless nights should I have 
how much torture should I persevere              
before you understand my sorrow

Look into my eyes and see the fire in them
feel my heartbeat …..  
No one else makes it beat this fast 
listen to the language am speaking
how often do you hear                 
a man utter so many in understandable words 

Tick tock time moves    
just when I hope you will stop looking at him 
with so much passion,
you even go further to kiss him more  
how it used to hurt! 
Now I try to make it fun 
assumptions are what dominate my life 
a kiss to his score sheet
become a tick on mine. 

Just tell me what I have to do  
so that you recognize me.   
Is it the money that he gives…
world trips he takes you,   
the posh car he bought you yesterday  
title deed for the beach house 
Or even better!!
the slaps he gives you in the middle of the night,                                          
even better the other woman he has in your 

How inferior he sees you’
just one of his lady servants 
he thinks of you     
his expectations of you 
to smile even if nothing is right?

Thoughts and thoughts have circulated my 
mind tried to win a jackpot    
am afraid that doesn’t happen to the needy. 
Only one thought to solve this puzzle
the only thought that ends up in smiles
caddling each other 
under the moon light 
outside our hut of peace  
the only thought 
you disagree most with.

let him burst us.    
You say “he will kill us”.          
For you, I bet he will 
make it snappy out of anger                                                                        
that’s better you’ll be home early 
prepare our sleeping place 
for I know he will make 
sure he kills every nerve
one by one that has my DNA 
till his pain goes away
 then and only then I will come home.  
See baby,          
a win- win situation his anger gone 
and our souls will find happiness 
yes if only you’d agree 
just let go 
let go of the materialistic you 
listen to the joy of our jeering hearts
lets go home

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  1. Date: 9/19/2012 10:31:00 AM
    A belated welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you this morning Francis. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol 09/19/2012

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 2:09:00 AM
    Enjoyed so much, well told, sounded like ode to someone you