Poem: IN THE DARK


This is a poetry collaboration with Jamie of Jamie’s Blog. He sent me the first stanza and I immediately took interest in it. Took me less than four minutes to reply him with the second. After that, it was just hours and hours of back and forth between us. We had fun writing this and we hope you have just as much fun reading it.  Don’t get confused though; he is “Jae” and I am ” Quaya”… Enjoy! 
Jae
We made love in the dark 
Because we had something to hide 
Because I didn’t want you to see that my halo belies my soul 

Quaya

We made love in the dark 
To hide all the things that we lack 
Our wings were torn from our skins 
As our garments came apart at the seams 

Jae

We made love in the dark 
Because our eyes would judge 
What our hands caress 
And our mouths would condemn what our tongues revel in

Quaya

We made love in the dark 
Because the light that comes 
Out of our souls 
As we mix our chakras 
Would blind the world with its intensity 
Jae
We made love in the dark 
You held on to me for balance 
As you straddled me 
Your hands firmly gripping my halo It burns but you hold on still 
We cursed and writhed as we became one in the dark 

Quaya

We made love in the dark 
As the wolves howled and I meowed 
Purring in satisfaction 
As your halo burnt deep into the core of my stream 
Reflecting on my blood red wings 

Jae

We made love in the dark 
Your eyes piercing through my own 
Your face distorted in pleasure and pain 
I take hold of your horns
So I don’t fall into the dark  
Quaya
We made love in the dark 
Expunging ourselves from the garden 
As we plunged deep into the lake of fire 
I pulled hard on to your wings 
As we fell with passion as our parachute


Jae
We made love in the dark 
Because our hearts were the same 
Black with pain and beating fast with sin 
We came here to hide, to shield our scars from the sun 
We came to defy the rules of love and stretch our limits 

Quaya

We made love in the dark 
Because it was the only time 
That our cold bloods warmed 
And we came alive 
To channel the flow of the sin in our veins into one another 

Jae

We made love in the dark 
Because it felt like the light would scare you away 
And it hurt to watch you go 
And leave me here to fly no more 

Quaya

We made love in the dark 
Only then could I survive your lights 
As I strapped on to your wings 
And took them with me when I left 

Jae

We made love in the dark 
I needed you as I needed air 
So I took deep breaths of your scent 
Quenched the thirst for life with every kiss 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
I breathed you in and exhaled lust 
Filling the air with the musky scent of our passion 
As we lay at the threshold of nature 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
Since our souls were without light 
Since when we reached out the darkness embraced us 
We’ve long since been in love in the dark


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
Because only then could we lose ourselves 
And our souls to love 
Only to have them back in the morning 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
Your frame locking onto mine 
Like a jigsaw piece incomplete 
The morning would never come 
Because we prefer the taste of the dark 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
Only then did it matter not that 
One slept in the light 
And one proved loyal to the dark 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
And you hurried me with words that conjure desire 
You recited the lines to make the markings on my skin come aglow 
And then and only then did out passions match one another’s 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
To cleanse each other and cauterize our souls 
Of the mutual abhorrence of our kinds 
And we laid benumbed in the aftermath 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
Lost our ways into each other’s arms 
Lost our clothing and sought cover in our bodies 
But found love in the midst of all this loss 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
And submitted ourselves to the night 
As we told feverish anecdotes 
To each other’s souls 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
And told the lies to keep us close 
Kissed the spots to keep us pleased 
And prayed the night never ended 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
As we moved through the valley 
Shadows following in our trails 
And promises to our predecessors 
Being broken for our love 


Jae
We made love in the dark 
My heart is racing to catch up to you 
My pulse turbulent as you lead me to ecstasy 
Your touch is fire to my hot air balloon 


Quaya
We made love in the dark 
Capitulating on our desires 
As our most treasured parts 
Joined in alliance  
Jae
We made love in the dark 
No longer did we have to imagine our union 
No more skies between us 
We had the luxury to consummate our heart’s wanting…  
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So, in case you’re wondering why we started out in sync and sorta lost it later, it goes to signify the chaotic emotions going through their bodies and the unconventional kinda love that the poet personas share. And I know that it was long so if you got this far, I love you. In fact, to show how much I appreciate you, here’s 10 random facts about Smallee (Yeah, I like talking about myself. Who doesn’t?):
1. I always wanted to be a Lawyer as a child but now that I’m a Law student, I’m not sure anymore.
2. I don’t like the colour yellow.
3. Tbh, I sometimes think I’m running mad.
4. I love Aguda Oluwadoyinsola Comfort… She’s hands down one of my best friends on earth. I have plans for us, baby girl. 
5. I haven’t told anybody my darkest secret (Sometimes I don’t even admit it to myself)
6. Apparently, I’m a coward when it comes to confronting people about some stuff. But it’s only because I don’t want to give them reason to hurt me with their words.
7. I am a nice person. No matter how hard I try to be wicked to people, at the end of the day I can’t help being nice.
8. I like taking midnight strolls.
9. I am a very paranoid person.
10. I’m so excited that I’m getting a cat soon. 
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6 Replies to “Poem: IN THE DARK”

  1. baalesite says:

    Another Beautiful piece. Am thrilled, you just keep making me proud of you .
    And for the cats, just get pick one whenext u visit.

    Reply
    1. Ruqayya Smallee★ says:

      Thank you so much❤… But I don’t even know the next time I’m coming to Lagos… And I don’t want any of the ones we have at home; I want my personal cat.

      Reply
  2. Ajibike Oyinda says:

    Lovely collaboration! Creating images. Since you’re so nice aunty, coman buy Coldstone ice cream for me. Been eating like a pregnant woman for real and my work is killing me 😒

    Reply

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