COLUMN: Taking it straight to the Heart, strings and all

2017-03-23 06:03
on the runLunga Adam

on the runLunga Adam

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It is not everyday that a man pens a missive for the attention of his heart, so, here goes:

My Dearest Heart,

First, I ask that you forgive me for springing such a surprise like this one on you.

How did we arrive at this juncture? How did things come to this point? Well, I have watched you play havoc with my feelings and general well-being on many an occasion.

I have taken a back seat, more in astonishment than anything else, as you kept turning me from a soft-hearted lad into a brute.

I have observed you interfere with my instincts. Most crucially, I have seen how you do not seem to enjoy a civil relationship with my mind.

What’s going on, brother? You are always in disagreement when important decisions need to be made and solutions need to be arrived at.

In most cases, I have tended to hand the advantage to you, my Dear Heart, because it is a universally preached gospel that one needs to listen to one’s heart.

Sometimes we tend to forget what your main function is and elevate you to the status of the be-all and end-all.

After all, you are life. Once you stop pumping, it’s lights out for each of us!

I have lost count of the many romantic relations I have been in, which you have sought to ruin.

Listening to you is like a kid stealing sugar from the kitchen bowl– it feels good until you are caught out; then the thrill is gone.

Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of my letter to save you the confusion. You were at your vintage best a couple of years ago when I crossed paths with a strikingly beautiful young woman at a public phone booth in town. I had been making a call and she stood behind yours truly, waiting her turn. Do you even remember that moment in time, Darling Heart?

She was the only person in the queue, and when I looked behind me, I was so awestruck I decided to make my call nice, short and sweet.

She told me she hailed from Port Elizabeth. That it was her first time in the Cape of Good Storms and needed my assistance to use the public phone.

I was both shaking and sweating. She had the warmest smile and a body to die for, and there and then, my mind told me to go for the jugular.

Go the full monty, it told me. Then the heart interjected: “Nah, Lunga, leave her. She must be calling her boyfriend to come pick her up.

You may wanna think twice about inviting a love triangle, at the centre of which is a girl from eBhayi.”

And so I bid her goodbye and walked off. Years later, I lie awake many a night, thinking of what might have been and whether my own heart might have misled me on that fateful day. Maybe she and I would have helped increase the national population.

My Heart of hearts, I have yet to come across a woman so beautiful!

I love you, my Darling Heart, even though I never understand why a vital organ such as yourself continues to fall on its own sword.

I’m talking about attacks by you that deprive us of our loved ones. I’m still reeling from the loss of Eddie Zondi. Through his Romantic Repertoire show on Metro FM on Sundays, the soft-spoken man soothed many people’s hearts, yet his very own heart would eventually fail him.

Strange, that. I decided to out with my feelings because I have been asking myself why my own heart continues to fail me in the manner that it has been doing, almost on a daily basis.

In the past, my heart has made me fall in love with people who turned out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Dear Heart, can you please perform your ‘cardinal’ duty and pump blood.


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