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We pause to look back on some days
To reminisce on our path - our journey
Holding surprise at the challenges we’ve braved
and marvel at what we’re becoming

I wonder how I got through many
I fought, even on days cold and rainy
What motivated me to stay on course
What strengths of mine came to the fore?

But the past is no place to dwell
And contemplating the future is far from easy
How far ahead can one see really
How many blazing trails can be revealed?

Life happens. Sometimes it is unpleasant
Even when good, we need grace to manoeuvre
Yet I do not worry about the future
Because I’m firmly rooted in the present.

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Once upon a time
I wished I could be more like them
I sat depressed, hating myself
For not being like the others were.

I admired so much of what they had
I wished I could become
What could be wrong with that I wonder
Is it a crime to aspire to be better?

Isn’t that the gospel of today?
That teaches us we’re never enough
That we must take leaps into the unknown
No matter if we lose ourselves.

Daily quotes of motivation
Speeches that impress, with standing ovations
There is no way that those could change you
They can only make a better you.

Now I’ve learned in my years
I simply could never be anyone else
Even if I tried, I’d fail
Even if I forced it, my soul would break.

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On the grand journey of life
we will meet people along our way
Crossing paths, we’d say hi
But must go on our separate ways

No clinging, no tailing
No letting anyone lead you astray
And if you meet the wrong ones
I hope your angels whisk you away

Understand…

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I used to have a purpose
But now I'm a desolate soul
They tag me a menace
As I wander these empty roads

My soul was beautiful
And then it was hurt
Now they call me the devil
Oh, but I think not.

How is it that you’re surprised?
You know the truth but choose a disguise
I am the result of your wicked ways
The monster you carefully made

An African proverb says
The child the village shirks
Will burn it down to feel its warmth
So cheers to glowing embers 
and the spectacle of falling ash.

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Ikenna Nwakanma

Ikenna Nwakanma

Veterinarian and lover of great thoughts. Writing, for me, is both self-expression and release.