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Ike Bismarck Oji

At Last Uhuru! !

Long ago, was it diagnosed
Yet, to prove it took time.
With a single sentence
I was sentenced to freedom.

Freedom from expecting love
When there was only like
Freedom from seeking a life union
While a day long glance was offered

Freedom from giving so much
To receive so little
Freedom from suspense and anxiety
While away ebbed my confidence

Freedom from grabbing the non-existent
When nothing was the existent
Freedom from building on an illusion, well clad
When reality was a truth, stark naked

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Dead Library

There they go, bearing him in tears;
another gift for termites and earthworms,
another place in history foregone.
Just humus to the soil for all his toil.

Had I known, the poor fellow cried,
a break from pursuit of wealth and health
I would have taken to make felt
my Name in the pages of history.

Jets, cars and chariots all shall fade.
Castles, plantations all shall be obscured
with time's demise but history salutes
those who march on it in inky lines.

They that add no lines to the living
library get dead alongside their texts.
Selfishly, they read and saw nothing to write.
Read by none, their texts are in the Dead Library.

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