Oluwatobiloba is an undergraduate of the University of Lagos and a lover of poetry
Four-letter word of lie
When my forts collapsed within me,
And pain choked the words that hung in my throat,
I wanted to tell you in LETTERS, the exact way I felt.
But my pen was sad too.
Its ink had dried up,
The nozzle had cracked,
And the nib had stiffened.
Then, in WORDS only the heart can utter,
In a voice loud enough for just me,
My heart grumbled silently.
I wore a fake beam.
And my lovely face didn't snitch me,
It showed you the inverse of the rumbles within.
And when you asked how I was faring,
I gave the normal reply,
Our day-to-day common lie.
I lied, I've lied most times.
That four-letter word of lie.
So, when next I tell you I'm FINE,
Search my eyeballs for proof.
© 2019 Odunlami Oluwatobiloba Grace
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on June 19, 2019:
I was slow catching your meaning, Odunlami, until I saw the the word you were calling "four-letter word of lie", fine. how many times have I seen on the face of someone who said "I'm fine" that it was a lie. Sometimes I probe to see if there is something i can savor do but other times when I see it I will offer a short piece of advice for consideration and leave them to ponder it. In most cases after giving a comment some time later they approach me with a "thank you".
So I agree, "Search [another's] eyeballs for proof" and offer words of consolation to cause them to ponder and maybe find their grief may to be as dire as they believe.
Very well said!
Peter Simonsen from Denmark on June 18, 2019:
This is really nicely written. I realy like the rhythm you use here. Very powerful
Lorna Lamon on June 17, 2019:
Powerful words which send a strong message.
Odunlami Oluwatobiloba Grace (author) from Lagos on June 16, 2019:
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2019:
Wow, you really got that point across well. That word “fine” is definitely a lie to cover up many things. It is the stock standard reply when you ask someone how they are, but if you continue to delve you often find that isn’t the case. Good poem and message.