Love Literati Contest: ’14 Reasons, 14 Days’ by Iteoluwakishi

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“I love you.


Insanely intense. Have you ever been in love like this before? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. Horrible isn’t it? Because this is exactly how I feel – Messed up!


Or how else would I define loving you?”


Even as I write these words, I am baffled at how much I realise my heart beats for you in a language I don’t fully understand.

It’s probably because you’re the One



Metaphors and hyperboles can not define the intensity that rumbles in my cores when I whisper your name and it’s why I want it to just be the Two of us

I mean, I love you to the point where being around you is sort of wonderful and painful all at the same time

If I could make Three wishes, they’d all be for you



When you walk into the room, without even meaning to, my mouth becomes a cathedral of white teeth.

My smile turns itself into a choir of fire flies.

When you kiss me, scents of you obliterate how terrified I am of everything wrong with my life

I see you somewhere in my smile when I look in the mirror

I hear your voice in my laughter when my mother teases me about you

Even after Four years it’ll still be about you



If you had wings, I’d be your wind

If my heart was dusted for fingerprints, only yours would be found

If you were a boat, I’d be your water

If you were a cloud, I’d be your rain

If you were a seed, I’d be your soil

If you were the sun,I’d be your orbit

If you were water, I’d be your cup

I’d let you pour yourself into me and not let a drop of you spill on the floor


I’d scream all Five love languages to you on a roof



You are magic. Pure and beautiful

Crushingly so

You look like the rest of my life with you.

Imperfect, because true love is never perfect

You are an ocean – an ocean created to love deeply and vastly and endlessly.

You swallow my flaws like a vessel and create a prison for my demons with your ribcage

Even my sixth sense attests to this



Like a book, you have memorised my table of content

And with the hope of finding errors, you read every word just so we can both have something to work on.

Because aren’t we all unfinished? Don’t we all need editing? Aren’t we all waiting to be read by someone? Praying that they’ll tell us that we make sense?

Seven days a week, I’d always be yours



You were a risk, a mystery, and the most certain thing I’d ever known.

You are, always were, worth coming apart for.

I have no desire to watch you from behind a glass

I’d walk Eight miles to see you



You let your seeds grow into a tree and in the process, I fell in love with your roots

And the tree, with branches for arms, you’ve let their leaves whisper secrets into my being

And your leaves do not forget to caress gestures into my palm

Your bark flows with pure juices as it grows around the trunks and I get drunk daily

I’d need a change of address because I’m high and on cloud Nine


Loving you is my reality, something way better than my dream

Loving you is an art because there’s nothing more truly artistic than being in love with someone who is a Ten


There is never a time or place for true love.

It happens accidentally,

In a heartbeat,

In a single flashing, throbbing moment of the Eleventh hour


Love does not see with the eyes, it yearns with the mind,

We both are a little weird

And life is a little weird

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love —true love

This isn’t the Twelfth moment of cliché


If I had a flower for every time I thought of you

I could walk through my garden Thirteen times a day, forever



With you, intimacy colours my voice

Even ‘hello’ sounds a lot like come here

Every mouth you’ve ever kissed was just practice

Every eyes you’ve ever looked into has no depth like mine

All the bodies you’ve ever undressed and melted into, they were preparing you for me

I was the only one made for you

And on the Fourteenth day of the second month, when fire meets Gasoline, when the clock strikes 12, when the ice thaws,

I’ll say over and again – I. Love. You

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  1. Oh My Goodness!!!!!! I think I got pregnant and have birth to love right here! This so real and so raw and very independent with feelings and reality abs thoughts and yearnings as well… Well done!!! I hope you win!!! You always win with me…

  2. As always I am in awe of your ability to bend words to your will.
    This is an incredibly beautiful piece.
    Well done.

  3. The ability to navigate through the core of any reader’s heart is what makes ur write up distinguished from others. I can’t wait for the world to have a taste of your rich soul expressed in your write ups. kudos.

  4. This helped my imagination as I tend to read in pictures.

    Your words came to life

  5. Wow. This is well versed. You Gat it man…. Now I feel like falling in love all over again.

  6. I must confess that I never knw u are a super writter.
    The verses are well structured.
    Keep it up

  7. I am not suprised at your eloquence and flexibility with words, u keep blowing us away, i am so proud of you bro

  8. Gosh! Your play of words on this piece is genius. I’m sure anyone reading through can relate jn one way or the other. How you bring so much life to the 4 letter word whose meaninf has been abused is veru refreshing. Very well written. Well done Kishi

  9. Love

    When you walk into the room, without even meaning to, my mouth becomes a cathedral of white teeth.
    This is how I feel each time I see my lover. A beautiful piece thanks for defining love according to the way I feel.

  10. When you read and the imagination is vivid and all at once, you are a believer… good one Kishi…

  11. Awwwwww…this is so loving! You killed this Iteoluwakishi. It’s like I’m in love already *smiles* I would definitely read this over n over n over again.

    Well done …really an amazing piece!

  12. OMG I’m so wowed. Kishi just did it. Overkilling it???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  13. “Like a book, you have memorised my table of content

    And with the hope of finding errors, you read every word just so we can both have something to work on”

    You have always known how to use words in ways they have never been used before. This is everything.

  14. I do not believe in love, I think it’s a fairytale like every other sweet ending stories we’re showered with while growing.
    But then, reading through, your simplistic and natural approach left a warm smile on my face.
    ND I don’t deny the realness of the feelings described as I have had a little feel if it. I hope you right. Thanks

  15. This is a true expression of what I once felt… Was thinking I could never feel that way again until recently…
    I know this is an expression of you my poet. You Got to really be in love to write this. And I wanna say your special one is truely special to sprat out all this in you…

    You got me on this… You are the best..

  16. This is such a wonderful read. The word flow is superb and I anticipated every verse. Pure, Raw and intense.

  17. Okay, it makes sense to me now than ever bcos I am so in love right now again#imperfectbutchoosen. Kishi?❤️?❤️?❤️??

  18. Wow! Wow! Great Poetry! Beautiful display of poetic vocabulary. Infusion of words with numbers. Telling a story of an intense love experience that breaks all the boundaries of perfection and infuses imperfection with true Love. You are amazing!

  19. Such a beautiful array of ‘love’ your love. It embodies the intrinsic nature of true love the world yearns for. Like a jet, this piece propels the arrow of love fuel by a pure heart. I greatly admire this piece, keep it up!

  20. This is profound. Very profound. You write well, Kishi.
    Each verse defined love and what it should be.
    Very well done.

  21. I don’t know know how you do it, but your work always have a “Wow” effect to it. Your ability to piece words together to form a state of mind, capture a feeling amd tell a story is what sets you apart and defines you as an artist. This right here, feels and reads like a tapestry of words, woven with the highs, lows and elasticity of the heart to create a pictorial vision of love. Well done, you get better with each stroke of your pen. Your mind is one hell of a place. How its capable of birthing such beauty is nothing short of a gift.

    Amazing read, bravo!

  22. This is an amazing work of art. You take the mind on a journey with your words. And I must say, I’m impressed. Well done.

  23. This a beautiful piece Kishi. The way you played with words is top notch and having one trying to picture it all. Awesome

  24. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!
    This is really fantastic
    I’m indeed proud of u cuz
    Keep it up…

  25. Kishi

    When I read this, all I feel is a sense of amazement and awe.
    You bring the words alive and you have this ability to catch your readers unaware and make us feel like you writing about us.

    This feels so relatable.

    Keep it up bruv.

    Amazing read sire.
    #Wehdone Sir

  26. The numbering caught up with me at six and seven and I was like “whao”?.
    It’s a very beautiful piece.
    The “cathedral of white teeth” part caught my attention! Wehdone sa!?

  27. Kai Kishi. The literature here is tight.
    Your woman will blush in shades of ROYGBIV all the days of her life.

  28. in a daze.this was so flawlessly written.the words thaws at the heartstring. well-done dear

  29. Detailed and precise in every sentence.. With this even love would envy itself.. Magnificent

  30. And this is what love is all about…. I felt it in words and it wasn’t just amazing, I smiled at its caresses and affection.
    Didn’t know I was in love with you till I saw your black and white. Good one?

  31. Wow! Wow! Wow! I’m not beginning to sound like an ambulance, am I?

    But with words eluding me at the moment, I can’t but ‘Wow!’

    Keep it up, Kishi! ?

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