Do Not, Offend Me

Nini Mappo
Posted August 27, 2020 from Kenya
Photo credit: Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash


The rant

Do not offend me

I am them; I am they,

I am she; I am he

I am myself; I am not myself

I am known; I am mystery


I do not know who I am


Do not offend me,

I am ageing; I am youthful

I am ageless; I am growing

I’m vibrant; I am weary

I am wounded; I am healing

I am poorly; I am trying


I do not know what I am doing


Do not offend me,

I am beauty; I’m unfolding

I am confidence in the shadows


I am trickling potential, longing to water fall

Proving to myself how I proved it to the world


The why


If you offend me

I will take you and our memories

Which I’ll no longer share

I will put you in a box

Wrap it in black tape

And send it to the box

The ‘nothing’ box, of my recollections


If you offend me

You’ll be nothing! Nothing,

But that which gives offence

And nothing you’ll remain, until I may delight

In your contrite assuagement


The how


To not offend me

Know everything I know, and everything I might

Know how I’ve responded; how I might respond

Know what pierces me; what pieces me together


To not offend me

Be beautiful; be strong

Be knowledgeable; be perfect

Be compassionate; empathetic

Be healed, oh be healed 

Wholly, healed.


You must not bring wounds of your own


To not offend me, O perfect one,

Anticipate my journey,

All the sparkles; all the blisters

Especially the blisters


And don’t, poke them

And don’t, point at them

And don’t, acknowledge them


But to commend my valiance


A world without offence you see

Is mine to every degree

And it all depends on you


So, long, feel, think, respond, create, enjoy, be

But only be that, which offends me not.


The summary


Now that you know how, O generous one

Predict who I am

Anticipate my idiosyncrasies

Uphold my point of view

Celebrate my person-hood


Until you, do not offend me


The resolution


Do not offend me o friendly one

Or we are not friends

Unless I; yes I

Relinquish my entitlements

So I grow into me enough

And into your world a little


To seek above offence:


The cubic mile of our parallels

The tapering gradient to our convergence

The momentary point of our intersection


Here, for mutual connection

I’ll trade my right

To be offended




This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Aug 27, 2020
Aug 27, 2020

I won't offend you beautiful .
Thank you for sharing .
You are loved dearly.

Nini Mappo
Aug 27, 2020
Aug 27, 2020

Ha ha thank you Chi, of course you won't!
I'm the least offendable person in the world... Maybe haha.

But I was exploring the way we tune up for offence as a default and how we can grow out of that tendency.

Let's continue exploring ways we may choose remaining connected over taking offence.

Stay sparkly ✨, always :)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

Hello, Nini,

It's official! You're a literary genius! You keep surprising us. You write poetry, too!

This I love, "To not offend me
Know everything I know, and everything I might
Know how I’ve responded, how I might respond
Know what pierces me, what pieces me together"

This verse is what World Pulse is for: to hold a space for women to be heard, seen and even healed.

Thanks for sharing this powerful piece. May we not offend humans as a whole, and may we know each other enough even what pierces us and pieces us together, and so shall we leave in peace.

More please!

Nini Mappo
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

It's official, you are poetry interpretation genius!
That is one verse that was both truthful and satirical. Because if we just met and those are my expectations, I'd be demanding that I'm not offended. I would therefore be placing on the person this burden and s/he has to be walking on eggshells around me otherwise I 'flip'.

But also truthful because when you have known someone really well, you know what can hurt or heal them, and therefore can predict that and protect them from any hurts from yourself.

He hee I write every story that comes to mind to be written. And if it doesn't come I don't write. I actually wrote poetry before I ever wrote prose.

But i prefer prose because poetry frustrates me, because I want what I write to mean what I meant, but that is not possible with poetry because there's a mixed bag of meanings one may draw even from a single line of poetry.

That's why I was so impressed that you got the covert meaning in that verse ha ha.
Pierce, piece, peace :) (claps!)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

Hahaha. Thanks for expounding that truthful and satirical verse. Your poetry becomes more profound now that you shared the meaning behind it.

Ohh. So it was poetry before prose. I couldn't tell. You write both well. I prefer prose, too, because it's difficult for me to write poetry. That's true on meanings.

Oh, wow, thanks, dear. Haha. You're so smart. You got that one!

Isaura Diniz
Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

Amazing Nini, you keep on surprising!

Nini Mappo
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Thank you little sis;)

Shruti Sharada (She/Her/Hers)
Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

This is so so beautiful, and powerful. A verse that we must all absorb and live by. A verse to show all who come into our orbit.
Love to you, Nini!

Nini Mappo
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Thank you Shruti. "Absorb and integrate into our orbit' I like :)

Aug 28, 2020
Aug 28, 2020

"I am wounded, I am healing" to be able to wear you wounds openly is to truly heal them. My mom used to say " wounds covered dont heal well. This speaks to me.

"I am beauty, unfolding" Another line that speaks volumes to me. Sometimes truth is wrapped up in words and you have put down so many of those.

Thank you Lady Nini, beautiful writing.


Nini Mappo
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Thank you sis ;)

I am glad that you could immerse yourself in some of the words above. That is the beauty of poetry, you write about one thing and you have written about everything!

More love to you.

Millicent Adhiambo Joash
Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Well said dear. Thank you.