Today I Become Me

 

Today I become me,
the stone, the water, the air, the fire: the one
after I have been many, many things:
I have been a child who opened his eyes when you closed yours;
I have been a writer who wrote many novels in titles only;
I have been a priest who baptized children with the names of poems;
I have been tomorrow, I have been yesterday;
I have been one who bought a house in his dream and ate there with his siblings;
I have been a country, and was denied the status of its president;
I have been my father’s only brother: mindless and feckless;
I have been you, I have been them;
I have been the tears of every Igbo girl in love;
I have been a poet who was only ordained by Paz;
I have been a twisted woman beside a twisted tree;
I have been the truth stranger than fiction;
I have been up, I have been down;
I have been the questions you didn’t know the answer until when asked;
I have been Mayakovsky who wrote and wrote, and then wrote with a gun;
I have been a book’s page and read that I killed myself;
I have been the harmless MGM’s lion;
I have been here, I have been there.

 

Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) writes from Owerri Nkwo-orji, Imo state and a lover of literature. His works have won the Association Of Nigerian Author’s Literary Award for Mazariyya Ana Teen Poetry Prize, 2009; National Association Of Students Of English Language and Literary Studies Certificate of Honour as the Best Student Poet, 2012, Delsu Chapter. He became a runner-up in Etisalat Prize for Literature, Flash fiction, 2014 with I Saved My Marriage. And some of his works have appeared in Lunaris Review, AFREADA, KALAHARI REVIEW and elsewhere.

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