#LoveLiteratiContest – ‘Dear Love’ by Alofe Oluwakemi Eunice

Love Literati contest - shortlisted submission - elsieisy blog

Dear Love,

The other day you came to my house. You didn’t meet me well, I’m sorry and this letter is my apology. You see, when you came, I didn’t know it was you. I asked you your name and you said “Sarah” I asked what you wanted and you smiled, oh God it was a heavenly smile but I wasn’t having it because you didn’t meet me well. Then you said “a cup of coffee” I got it for you and got tired of answering questions about the tulips on the counter. I don’t know why I didn’t treat you well, I know actually, I wasn’t ready for love. I didn’t want to keep seeing you and calling and making effort. It was my year of selfishness because all the good I ever did got me nowhere. And now here I am, you are gone and I realize that this is my loss, ever since you walked out of the door and I saw the note you left on the counter, I have said goodbye not only to love but happiness, peace and wealth. No one wants to come and get coffee from a store where there is no Love.

I don’t want to open up the shop and go a full day without you anymore. I have tried and failed.

If you get this, please come back. I wasn’t ready then but be assured, I am ready now. I didn’t want to learn but I will learn now. I will do everything right, I’ll answer all your questions, I’ll smile, anything. Just come back.

I didn’t realize it but now I know I’m…



Dear Fredrick,

I got your letter. I accept your apology however, you must know that no one makes the decision to be hurt by the same person and circumstances twice.

You may not know it but you must realize that the reason you wrote me this letter is not because you genuinely miss me, it’s because your coffee shop is suffering from my absence. Nobody is ready to make the sacrifices that love requires but want to reap its benefits.

Love is a gift, many times we don’t see it coming. It doesn’t wait for you to be ready, how ready can you be to share the rest of your forever with someone else? To answer incessant questions especially when you’re not in a good mood?

Between us, all is well. I’m glad you’ve realized that in the absence of love there is no true completeness or happiness or peace or wealth. Don’t always be in a hurry to attend to the next customer, be on the lookout for love because love is a thing of kindness, of making time, of going out of your way and sacrificing.

There is no perfect time to love, you must simply always be ready.

Love has many forms; my name is not always Sarah. Maybe I’ll come again, look out for me.

Till then,


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  1. Those two letters hit me hard, showing ones understanding of love from two different perspective, nice piece. ? ?

  2. This is one of the amazing piece we can have this season and maybe it will not come again.

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