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Why I don’t love

Because love is blind
and I do not want
to be led by something
that doesn’t know a wall
from a doorway.

Because love is fragile.
I saw it once in a brown package,
and if you know me, you’ll know
how jelly-fingered I am.
I am afraid
I must have broken many a heart.

Because to love
is to give up a part of yourself
and I’m selfish you see,
so selfish my knowledge of the alphabet
ends at “i”.
I definitely don’t know “u”

Timi Sanni a poet, writer, essayist and blogger. He writes from Lagos and was one of the 21 writers at the 2018 Sprinng Literary Movement Mentorship Programme. His works have been published or are forthcoming in several print and online publications, including Nantygreens, The African Writer, Okadabooks, and SprinNG among others. His work, The Good Things are No More won the ANSA Award in 2018 and was also shortlisted for the I FOUND IT Contest. He also won a Writers For Humanity poetry award in 2019. Apart from writing, Timi likes to paint.

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