“His Ph.D. is in Hypocrisy … and other Poems about my Crappy Ex-Boyfriend” by Tayo Oredein

Title: His Ph.D. is in Hypocrisy … and other Poems about my Crappy Ex-Boyfriend
Author: Tayo Oredein
Series: Stand Alone (Collection of Poems)
Genre: Poetry, Memoir, Romance, Humor
Publisher: Gynarchy
Release Date: Mar 2014
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Everyone comes into your life for a reason. And even though they may stay just long enough to break your heart, their ultimate purpose can last a lifetime.

They say everything happens for a reason, but try telling that to a young woman with a newly broken heart.

His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend is a memoir of sorts; a collection of poems chronicling the ups and downs, differences and the dissolution of one of my key relationships. Despite our interracial backgrounds (I’m black, he’s white & Palestinian) and inter-religious upbringings (he is Muslim to my Christian), I thought we could and would end up together. But that didn’t happen. The assorted poems (some short, some funny, some angry) talk about the love, frustration, and heartbreak, and the whole reflection culminated in an unexpected life lesson that surfaced on 9/11.

Physical Therapist May 8, ‘00

You lay face down on the bed

I console you with tender strokes

against your bare back

How beautiful it is

that I can put you at ease

with just a few loving touches

But as you listen to my words of love,

the blaring ring of your phone cuts me off

You answer, and sit up to chat

as I continue to lovingly caress your back.

Careful not to speak to me

you signal to show the stroking is good

and again to say that I should

continue with more of the same

Apparently, the conversation’s too intense to interrupt

and my name’s not important to share

When asked what you were doing at the moment

you don’t even tell your little friend I’m there

Your body language-

Your entire demeanor changes

and within a minute or two,

I go from your girlfriend

to a physical therapist

Quietly tending to my injured client

Careful to stay in my place- the background

Doing only my duty of massage

so my patient can handle his affairs

I know it’s female on the line,

A weird vibe takes over my soul

Someone you’ve been with before

It turned out to be Nicole

TAYO OREDEIN is a model, actress and writer. Tayo (pronounced Ty~yo, and which means "Joy" in Yoruba) is from Jamaica Queens, NY though and is of African-American and Nigerian descent (her father is Nigerian). She went to Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and returned to New York after graduation. She later received a graduate degree from Hunter College, and will soon receive another from Rutgers University

After years of flirting with it, she officially started modeling in 2011 when she was handpicked to be a model for Monica Holder’s “Beauty of the Month” project. Since then she has been featured in online promotional materials, shorts and music videos, greeting card lines, coffee-table books, fashion shows, and other projects.

As for her writing, she has long since had a collection of unpublished work, but recently published her first book, "His PhD is in Hypocrisy and Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend", a collection of poems about love, and love lost. It is available on Amazon.com (where it’s also available for Kindle), BN.com, and other online retailers.

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