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Eric Miyeni

Featured Poem:

I Did You Wrong

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I did you wrong
When I read me out loud
While the book open to read was you

I did you wrong
When I said you were strong
In a manner that left you feeling weak

I did you wrong
When I spoke at the top of my voice
And built a barrier to your beautiful words

I did you wrong
When I extended my hand to lift you up
When what you really needed was to sit right down and rest

I did you wrong
When I finished your sentences
Taking away your only right to be who you are in my presence

I did you wrong
When I cracked a joke to stop your tears
When grief was truly your soul’s need at that time

I did you wrong
When I over-injected your dreams with my passion
And thus took them away from you and made them mine

I did you wrong
When I looked through who you are
To worship whom you could be

I did you wrong
Because I did not love you right
While I blamed you saying you loved me wrong

I did you wrong
Because I could have taken so much less from you
But I took so much more

I did you wrong
But I hurt me more because you hate me now
And I could have made you love me

I did you wrong
Because in hurting me so
I must have given you more hurt than pain can give

I did you wrong
It is as clear to me as lightning in a thundering night sky
I did you wrong
I know it now and it takes away my desire to wake up and reach out to kiss the sky

I did you wrong
Because I allowed a little smoke
To stop us from making a bonfire of love to block the winter winds

I did you wrong
Because I was in such a hurry to watch you grow
I never left you alone to dictate a pace of your own

I did you wrong
Because I loved you with so much heat
I burnt your space to love me back

I did you wrong
Because I loved you so much
I could not be secure enough to trust you with my eyes closed

I did you wrong
Because I said I would take you away to lover’s land
But look, I took out the map to hell and played navigator

I did you wrong my love
Because I could love you right, now
But your love is gone and I am here, alone, clutching at phantoms in the dark

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Biography

Multi-talented writer, poet, actor, media personality Eric Miyeni’s third and latest offering Mandingo! A Poetic Journey with Eric Miyeni, has been described as honest, raw and compelling. It follows the success of O!Mandingo!, The only black at a dinner party and O!Mandingo! Before Mandela was Mandela, which were launched following the phenomenal response to his e-zine. The work of Soweto-born Miyeni centres on black pride, black strength, black unity and black prosperity.

Eric Miyeni

eric new
eric new

Biography

Multi-talented writer, poet, actor, media personality Eric Miyeni’s third and latest offering Mandingo! A Poetic Journey with Eric Miyeni, has been described as honest, raw and compelling. It follows the success of O!Mandingo!, The only black at a dinner party and O!Mandingo! Before Mandela was Mandela, which were launched following the phenomenal response to his e-zine. The work of Soweto-born Miyeni centres on black pride, black strength, black unity and black prosperity.

Featured Poem:

I Did You Wrong

Enlarge poem

I did you wrong
When I read me out loud
While the book open to read was you

I did you wrong
When I said you were strong
In a manner that left you feeling weak

I did you wrong
When I spoke at the top of my voice
And built a barrier to your beautiful words

I did you wrong
When I extended my hand to lift you up
When what you really needed was to sit right down and rest

I did you wrong
When I finished your sentences
Taking away your only right to be who you are in my presence

I did you wrong
When I cracked a joke to stop your tears
When grief was truly your soul’s need at that time

I did you wrong
When I over-injected your dreams with my passion
And thus took them away from you and made them mine

I did you wrong
When I looked through who you are
To worship whom you could be

I did you wrong
Because I did not love you right
While I blamed you saying you loved me wrong

I did you wrong
Because I could have taken so much less from you
But I took so much more

I did you wrong
But I hurt me more because you hate me now
And I could have made you love me

I did you wrong
Because in hurting me so
I must have given you more hurt than pain can give

I did you wrong
It is as clear to me as lightning in a thundering night sky
I did you wrong
I know it now and it takes away my desire to wake up and reach out to kiss the sky

I did you wrong
Because I allowed a little smoke
To stop us from making a bonfire of love to block the winter winds

I did you wrong
Because I was in such a hurry to watch you grow
I never left you alone to dictate a pace of your own

I did you wrong
Because I loved you with so much heat
I burnt your space to love me back

I did you wrong
Because I loved you so much
I could not be secure enough to trust you with my eyes closed

I did you wrong
Because I said I would take you away to lover’s land
But look, I took out the map to hell and played navigator

I did you wrong my love
Because I could love you right, now
But your love is gone and I am here, alone, clutching at phantoms in the dark

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How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (2)
  • Reflection (2)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (2)
  • Vigour (1)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (2)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

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