Adedoyin Oluwadamilola: They just don’t understand (30 Days, 30 Voices)


I longed for cupid’s arrow,

To pierce my heart hollow.

When I stop and stare,

And gaze into the blank air,

With little or no care,

They just don’t understand.

When my heart sings,

But the melody remains unheard,

And I stay locked up,

In the haven of my dreams,

Away from the prying eyes of the world,

And yearn for things beyond my reach,

No they just wouldn’t understand.


That this heart once perfect,

Now altered by sorrow’s effect,

And oblivious to love’s attempt,

Knows not what emotion to feel.

But can they just understand?

The many nights with rivers of tears,

And the longing for the soul that cares;

Or the silence from a lonely soul,

Concealing the pain of a bleeding heart,

With smiles and laughter unreal,

Surely, they just don’t understand.


I longed for cupid’s arrow,

To pierce my heart hollow,

And let love flow through my veins,

To heal the bruises within.

But would they just understand?

That I feel the numbness inside,

The lack of emotion and fear beside,

Stopping cupid on his mission,

To win this heart over,

And erase the memories of before,

No they certainly just wouldn’t understand.


When I embarked on self-discovery’s journey,

To regain that which pain took in a hurry,

And return the gifts from hurt and her minions,

They just didn’t understand.

When a new being emerged,

In sharp contrast to the former,

With sparkling eyes so bright,

And a reformed heart so light,

Radiating love to those without,

Now that was a mystery to all;

One which they just couldn’t understand.


Now transformed and free,

Making up for lost times with glee,

I love with everything in me.

But do they still understand?

Why I dance in the rain,

And laugh with reckless abandon.

Forgetting the darkness of the past,

And looking up to the Light from above,

Thankful for the heavy burden lifted,

While basking in this new found love,

No they certainly can’t understand.


30 Days 30 Voices series is an opportunity for young Nigerians to share their stories and experiences with other young Nigerians, within our borders and beyond, to inspire and motivate them.


Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.


Comments (3)

  1. what z happening in naija

  2. The time to luv is now! It’s a balm to the wounds of the heart. Be a heart mender not a heart breaker and listen to the voice his or her soul.

  3. Nothing will split Nigerians. We will always be one.

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