Poet-Today | Maryam Shehu Mohammed


Of purity and magic
laughter and lightheartedness
some bond that bind
some secret delight
purely phenomenal, magical

Of two hearts that are bound
beyond the limited time
against the madness of daily living

Of two minds attached
twirling, savouring
seducing, flirting

Of purity and magic
delighting, awakening

Of bonds that bind and all the joy


When I slip
I need you to steady me

When I miss it
I need you to tell me it’s going to be okay

When I cry,
I need you to help me let it all out

When I laugh
I need to know I can share my jokes with you

When I am lonely,
I need to know that you, in my thoughts, will keep me company

When I listen to you,
I need to be able to believe you and trust you

When I look at you,
I want to see the rest of my life- my eternity,

When I say….
I want you to know that I really see my forever in your eyes

When I go to bed
I need to feel the comfort of your warmth beside me

When I succeed
I need to know that you are proud of me

When I ask you
I need you to know that I wouldn’t ask unless I need to,

When I am not there
I need to feel secured about my place in your heart

When I need you in my life
I really want you to be a part of my life

When I say I need you
I need you to know how important it is for you to need me back


Maryam Shehu Mohammed is an unapologetic lover of books. She is the founder of Charity to Cheer Foundation, an NGO that caters for the welfare of the destitute especially with respect to their health and education. Maryam is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and currently a PhD Law student at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.


  1. If text is a window through which we can see,
    I can say; the sky is made beautiful by this enchanting perfectionist

    Upon it I see azure, but timid of refusal and rejection,
    All clocks alarm indulgence.

    If this notion provoke sensation of taste?
    I confessed we speak in vague generalities.


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