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By Jamela Hoveni

 

I will see you tomorrow my friend.
Tomorrow,
When I’m free to entertain you and your jokes,
To marvel at your smile,
Your beauty,
Oh but you are beautiful!
To me,
You are so special.
You crossed time and space
To be with me in my time of need.
You touched me with your words,
Soothing me with your gentle voice.
You sang for me,
You prayed for me,
Your words lovingly embraced me.

Do I love you?
Perhaps,
What is love anyway?
You asked me and you told me at the same time.
It is meaningless…
Perhaps,
It is not for you.
Now you say,
I know you will change your mind.
When you do…
I won’t say I told you so.
I won’t say it is about time,
I will say:
Love like sadness, like pain, like suffering,
Cannot be explained
We feel it,
We contemplate it,
We demand it,
We reject it,
We give it a face,
We give it a name,
We try to understand it,
But often become disillusioned.

I have known it in some shape or form.
Therefore, I can say that I recognise it.
I know its warmth
I know its security,
It’s affirming nature.
Sometimes it can travel through distance and time to comfort in times of sorrow.
To give strength in times of weakness,
To be daring,
To be bold even when it is denied.
When one says,
I cannot love you,
I don’t know how to love you,
I will not love you.
Most of the time,
They tell it, they tell me.
You are not allowed to love,
How dare you!
At such times I smile secretly,
And I say,
I love you.
It is a statement of fact,
You do what you want with it,
But loving you,
It gives me hope.
It gives me strength.
It gives me something to look toward to,
Much like our chats,
Who knew,
Those conversations in secret,
Those words we exchanged,
Who knew their significance?
Not me, not even you.

I’ll see you tomorrow my friend.
When I can tell you all about this.
My love, my life, my struggles.
My pain and my suffering.
Tomorrow.