The Perfect Gentleman: The Pains Of Heartbreak

I carry a burden
I bear a pain
My chest heaves out and in.
I search for slumber, but sorrow
seeps in.
my pupils remain dry like the

When a tear or two represents
My thoughts assume aimless
Staring at the dark ceiling
Listening to love-talk on the

Still, you dominate the
occupation of my musings.
I’ve lost desire to partake in the
nightly norm.
I’ve been gifted with hurt, and I
loathe her guts
I toy back and forth with the
details of my affliction,
I swing the blames between our

I’m too manly to bear this
feminine state.
I tell myself, but I fear it’s late.
I yearn for closure, or a bit of

Yet, even that, the elements
starve me.
Is this my portion of the whore
named ‘heartbreak?
Was I in love and didn’t
recognize her?
Now, I’m antsy, I sit up.

I scramble to my feet, and pace
the passage.
The snores of the household
brings forth reality.
I’m frozen to a spot as it dawns
on me.


The impossible has seen light.
The Jews have been bested in
I’ve been in love, and now she’s
I’m left with heartbreak.
The bride of a love gone sour.

Kolapo Olapoju

Kolapo Olapoju is the editor of He is a creative writer, poet and entrepreneur. He develops content for web, print and TV. His works have been published in Glam & Essence magazine, YNaija, Nigerian Entertainment today (NET), Tuck Magazine and many others. His poetry has been published on and in anthologies like ‘Upcoming Voices’ by Society of Young Nigerian writers and ’2014 Annual Poets Showcase’ by Poetry First Publishing. He tweets from @hardrockyng

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