Life Is A Short Smile

Life Is A Short Smile

I met a lady during my years of torture

She said to me:

If my child identifies as gay

He will die.

Why? I asked.

She replied:

The mental torture

The emotional trauma

That which comes with being gay

Is like carrying a double measure of life’s burdens

That is enough to cause death.

I nodded and then I said to her

That I am gay and not doubly burdened

How do you do it? she asked

Shock at my admission evident in her voice

By taking each day as it comes, I said.

One step at a time

I don’t dream of a better future

Dreaming only wastes my current energy

I don’t dwell on past troubles

Worrying only takes away the strength I need to do today

I regard everyday as a reason to smile

Every breath as a reason to stay happy

Written by Edafe Richie Okporo

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Previous Random Questions VII
Next ELECTION YEAR IS COMING UP, AND NIGERIAN POLITICIANS HAVE REMEMBERED HOMOSEXUALITY EXISTS (AGAIN)

About author

You might also like

Poetry 17 Comments

SOLILOQUY

Did I find you Or simply thought that I did? Our impassioned craze Was it love or was it chemistry? Numb we were, shorn to the feel Of pain, of

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Poetry 20 Comments

CHRISTMAS MORNING

Santa called to ask if I’m OK He said the winter love is spreading everywhere. I know your little sister was just brought to the hospital again. And your mum

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Poetry 19 Comments

THESE BRUISES

One I wish I could nail these hands to the edges of stars I would sacrifice this body to the sky Hoping to resurrect as someone spiteful enough to not

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

6 Comments

  1. Quinn
    June 10, 09:47 Reply

    I choose to be happy and smile!

  2. Just Negodu
    June 11, 20:50 Reply

    Nice one. By taking each day as it comes.

    Moderator, how can i share my pleasant story on this pleasant platform.

Leave a Reply