H O W A R D   U N I V E R S I T Y

Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2000-2001.

Professor
E. R. B
RAITHWAITE

Faces & Voices 4
Art@Howard

    



Reneging
By Ongisa Ichile

  
    
Second-guessing is a 
Sin and a-shame(d) and is
An especially heinous
Heinous crime against self.

Back-burnered you
Left you in my dust
Face down
Perhaps this is the reason

I took you back.
Sweet surrender is a 
Bitch named Passion
And I messed up

Second-guessing me?
Psychic, intuitive me?
Felt your flaws 
Raging through me as if my own

I own the fault
Went against my gut (feelings)
Blame is mine
For overlooking- couldn’t see with you
Face down
That scar under your right eye.

© 2001 Ongisa Ichile


© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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