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(For Chielozona Eze)

I love to have some love songs playing in the background

When I make love to my woman. She loves it too.

There’ve been many times when the words are the exact

Of what I have in mind—thoughts that have found no words

And the music speaks them for me.

So it’s easy to kiss her lips and take her on a voyage

Across the moon and stars and over the beyond and back.


Last week there was no power, there was

No fuel in the generator, and there was

No Home Theatre to give my thoughts a voice,

So she turned on the radio on her phone and there was a pastor on-air.

Fornicators will not inherit God’s kingdom. Get married instead…

We recognized the voice— our pastor in church. True, he is married.

We stared at each other in silence as guilt enveloped us

Like criminals handcuffed in police custody.


But last night I saw my pastor in a hotel with my Choir mistress

Kissing, hugging, touching on the staircase.

Questions puzzled me: Who isn’t guilty?

And even worse: Why?

P.S: When the fires from the fire fly sets a house afire and man complains of the bryophyllum in the garden as the problem of the hood, then surely the woodpecker has pecked too deeply into his sensibilities and he must learn again to think.


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Famous_IsaacsFamous Isaacs is a Nigerian poet. Born in 1988, he holds a BA in English and Literature from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He is the author of two self-published collections, ONE DAY IN THE FAILING LIGHT OF DUSK (2013), and BEYOND (2014). His upcoming collections, WE’VE ALL GOT OURS and HOPE IS NOT A GRAIN OF SAND, document narratives of travel with themes of isolation, trauma, disillusionment, violence, and feminism. His writings have been featured in Saraba Magazine. Check out his blog and follow him @famousisaacs

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

8 Responses to “How To Make Love To A Woman Without Losing Your Heart by Famous Isaacs” Subscribe

  1. Kiru Taye 2014/04/02 at 07:49 #

    I enjoyed this

  2. Ainehi Edoro 2014/04/02 at 13:55 #

    Thanks Kiru!

  3. yemi adebiyi 2014/04/03 at 03:23 #

    I ENJOYED THIS. but IT IS MORE LIKE A SHORT STORY. More prose than poetry.

  4. Cordelia 2014/04/04 at 01:19 #

    This is awesome I really enjoyed it how do I get a copy?

  5. Famous Isaacs 2014/04/06 at 22:09 #

    One truth we cannot deny, Yemi, is that poetry means different things to different people. There are still those who say that until poetry is written in the British style it is not poetry, and then I dare ask them to tell me what genre Bitek’s “Songs of Lawino” belongs to. Maybe you should check this up: and pls leave a comment telling me YOUR personal definition of poetry. What does poetry mean to YOU?

    Cordelia, thanks for reading this. I love that you love it. Two of my books are available for FREE download here

  6. Chielozona Eze 2014/04/07 at 21:49 #

    Great lines. Thanks for the dedication.

  7. I really appreciates the way and manner Afric Nullywood enlightening public regards love story. Wishing the Films Industry success.

  8. reuben 2016/04/01 at 06:16 #

    Great lines bro…

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