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THE MIND IS NOT A SHRINE

The mind is not a shrine
Where sorcerers and their seekers
Store their worries
I can see from your sad body
That the floor of your mind is dirty
Pick up the crumbs of your pain
Caused by this life
And throw them outside
Let your mind be a blank piece of paper
Light in weight and unlined
Clean the tears from your beautiful face
Your eyes should not be a fire farm
Red with disappointment
From love, work, business or education
Do not let anything dent your dreams
Failure is beautiful
It is a stepping stone
To reach your destiny
Be a carrier of hope
If you are sad find a song to sing
Sing it in your mother’s melodious tongue
To help set free the stress within
The mouth is yours
Wash your mind of worries and make it clean
The future is not sick; it will not die
If only you let the mind be a mind
And not a shrine




Ibrahim Sorie Bangura, aka Cleffy, is a Sierra Leonean poet and musician. Born in 1992 in a subsistence farming village; he migrated to Freetown in 2011 to escape rural poverty, surviving on the streets for several years before joining WAYout Arts. His poetry is strongly inspired by oral story telling traditions overlaid with the beats of urban youth culture. Cleffy’s work has appeared in Write the City, Praxis Magazine Online and Written Off, an anthology of poems and stories from the streets of Sierra Leone. He is currently working on a poetry project supported by the Prince Claus Fund.




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