How Practical Are ‘Love Hyperboles’?


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He promised 

She’d never regret choosing him;

That he would make it his life mission;

To make and keep her happy;

And would never make her cry;

That her wish would be his command;

And her concerns, his burden;


She promised;

He’d be the only one she’d have eyes for;

That only he held the keys to her heart;

That she would make it her life mission;

To be his partner in crime;

To be there for him whenever he needed her;

His forever lover and friend;

 

But time taught him;

That the sweetest words were the hardest to keep;

Time taught her;

That what she thought were promises;

Were merely cute lines from her favorite movie;

They learnt;

That promises were to be kept not just declared.

 

He promised her paradise;

Forgetting he had to work for it;

She promised him loyalty;

Forgetting she had to commit to it;

He realized that even the sun sets in paradise;

She realized that sometimes love waxed cold;

 

He meant it when he said it;

But maybe he exaggerated a little bit;

And why not? She needed to hear it;

She believed she could when she said it;

But she wasn’t totally prepared for it;

It happens, right? He needed to hear it;

 

Maybe he needed to break it down;

Into molecules of reality;

And then work it up from there;

Maybe she needed to scale it down;

And be honest with her declarations;

For with every hyperbole;

Came high expectations;

And they both found themselves falling short.

 

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    So true. I really enjoyed reading this piece. To err is human.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it is. I’m glad you enjoyed the read, Liz.

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  2. Rachel G says:

    How true that we tend to use a few too many hyperboles when we’re in love! Fun poem to read!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes we do. I’m glad you enjoyed the read, Rachel ☺

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  3. Nice thoughts on the words we use. A reminder to consider what we say before the sound of our words cross over our tongues. Thanks for that piece!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts, Adrienne ☺

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  4. Jennifer L says:

    Wow absolutely love your words! It really sums up the ups and downs of relationships. How new and exciting everything is at first, but in time we realize how much effort and work it takes to make it a successful one.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Exactly, it’s more effort than sweet talk. Thanks for passing by and sharing your thoughts, Jennifer ☺

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  5. Jennifer L says:

    Wow I just love that shade of color on your sweater, it’s gorgeous! I like to wear comfy clothes too for Thanksgiving with all the eating of good food.

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    1. Jennifer L says:

      sorry I accidently commented twice! sorry!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. joseyphina says:

        It’s okay, Jennifer 😊

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