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A Message to the Man

A Message to the Man

A Poem by sonnie ibadah

Who hurt you? 
No really, I need to know. 
Who broke you? 
And why must I pay for it so?  

You hurt me, because pain is all you've ever known, 
Yet you won't leave me, because you're scared of being alone. 
You make me cry for my tears prove to you that I still care,  
Yet you grieve with me, believing my pain is yours to bear.

But I know you, and I know the pain that you've been through.  
You don't know how to love someone, because you still don't love you. 

But love, why do you still hide behind that bloated ego? 
Don't you know I see the secrets you trying hard not to show?  

Behind the smirk of a man who thinks he's invincible,  
I see a broken boy the world had rendered dispensable. 
And beneath the confident stance and proud words you speak, 
I see the unshed tears of a man afraid to look weak. 

I'm not afraid love, of the merciless monster you portray, 
For beneath him, I see a wounded man who feels betrayed. 
And even in the maze of your mysterious reserved ways,  
I see the unbounded affection you're struggling to convey. 

So no, I don't need to see your battle scars to believe that you deserve me.  
Nor do I want your bleeding soul to prove that you love me. 
All I need is for you to believe that to me, you're enough. 
And I need you to know that you were never hard to love.
 
I know you trust the rain to come again, 
But love, will you trust me to cause you no pain? 
For I can't promise to chase your demons away,  
But what I can promise is that I'll stay. 
After every fight and all the tears. 
For every night and through all the years.

© 2020 sonnie ibadah


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We always seem to be paying for someone else's hurt, which is never good. Sometimes the pain is too deep to ever trust again, but unless we do we are the ones who lose, never giving that someone the chance to be the someone.
Hopefully one day we'll figure this love thing out.
Beautiful and heartfelt words.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your kind review Lorry.



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What I see is that this guy is a victim of a stereotype which tells men that showing emotions is a sign of weakness and it's like a sin to show one. When either or both the partners face the rain of stereotypes, it gradually ends up affecting their relationship.
Experience is something that becomes one of the ingredients of our composition. And in this case, the negative experience let this certain story get created between the two. Thus many people, including me, can relate to it.
I really love the way you depicted the tension, the feeling with a well-balanced flow. It's great.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

2 Weeks Ago

Yeah, relationships are complicated. i'm glad you can relate to this. Thank you for your kind review.. read more
The speaker offers unconditional love to what appears to be a very difficult man. He seems to require a lot of reassurance. Be careful.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you.
Beautifully written. I think you highlight the emotional abuse (sometimes physical) very well and a woman convincing herself that change is going to come about with proof of loyalty. Sadly, these relationships rarely have a happy ending.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Yup, rarely. Thank you for your kind review.
oh my ... abusive men are just so .. lost and angry little boys who were not allowed their boyhood .. i see that in your poem ... and beyond that perhaps this man never quite gets to hitting ... but for a woman who will tolerate emotional and psychological pain ... the abuse and bullying are the same .. and bullies are cowards .. one and all ... i admire your protagonist for deep love and commitment to the relationship ... but i see only dark and darker days ahead if she stays ... he will not and can not ...nor does he want to change ... tho the instant eternal "Oh ...I am sorry .. I won't hurt you again" will come .. and it will be the same lie he told the last time .... it this were my daughter .. i would tell her to run ;) probably way off the mark here ...but that's is what i see ...poetically speaking .. it reads like prose to me .. the emotion carries it and me all the way through ...the pain is palpable for me .. luv and peace Ms.Sonnie! :)
E.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. And yes, I tried writing it from the abused woman's point of.. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Weeks Ago

a wretched cycle that is guaranteed not to ever get better ..and most likely will get far worse .. e.. read more
sonnie ibadah

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you.
Though I've little patience with egos and walls, I love the way you expressed your feelings through and through. If this doesn't convince someone nothing will. Well done!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you dear :)
We try to be there for those we love. Till our last bone breaks. Yet we are also in it for ourselves. I alwasy wonder how far we can go. Beautifully expressed.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Yeah, how far we can go is always the question. Thank you.
Pestonjee

4 Weeks Ago

Most welcome :)
We always seem to be paying for someone else's hurt, which is never good. Sometimes the pain is too deep to ever trust again, but unless we do we are the ones who lose, never giving that someone the chance to be the someone.
Hopefully one day we'll figure this love thing out.
Beautiful and heartfelt words.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your kind review Lorry.
This bleeds with the injuries of love, treats the battle so well. It is powerful, very straight forward and touching. Kudos.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Sami :)
Sami Khalil

4 Weeks Ago

You are welcome.
It's amazing the barriers people put up to protect themselves, the only thing is, when they're up it's hard to bring them down again. I suppose every new relationship must be treated as ground zero.
Always tough when someone's been hurt before.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

"Ground zero." Yup, so true. Thank you Paul.

maybe there is a message within a message here and for all mens eyes.. an interesting poem my friend

Neville

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


sonnie ibadah

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you Nev!
Neville

4 Weeks Ago


most welcome

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