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Faces&Voices


AN ANTHOLOGY
OF VERSE, PROSE

AND ART

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2001-200
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E. R. BRAITHWAITE
Professor

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If You Can't Be with the One You Love, Love the One You're with.
(This may be the last and final condition)
Codie Elaine Brooks
Fort Worth, Texas - Marketing

You have bruised her emotionally, but luckily bruises diminish.
Love made your black and blue words fade, but
Your tight grip on logicís noose made all sensibility fade as well.
You have pushed her away but you said it was all for her.
She tries not to blame the person you are now.

        You could not be there for her, you judged her, and you insulted her character without regard for sensitivity.
She was only led to believe that she mattered to you very little.

So she has left you, and your past, her hope for your future, and the stabilization of the present.
She wasnít strong enough to endure this road of unquestioned patience and forgiveness.

He wants to comfort her.
He wants to calm her.
He talks with her, walks with her, and prays with her

        To love him is to adore his integrity and to admire who he is to her.
To desire him is to desire a masculine grace on her heart, although she knows she can only bring him the pain she, herself, was left with.

        A suspicious faith, an unhealthy fearÖto lose someone to a disease such as confusion.

The illness consumed you and now it attacks her heart
Healing can only come from another love to replace her feelings of worthlessness and misunderstanding.
First, to cure those emotions, then, to cure the largest consumption of herself Ė FEAR.
The lonely, sickening fear that no one will complete the path you began.
She will never again walk in that direction because where you stopped building, no one can successfully finish.
Now love is a temporary, nomadic state where she canít even remember how to give herself to anyone but you.

So if I canít be with the one I love, I will love the one I am with.


© 2002 Howard University
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse, Prose & Art, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2002. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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