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De-Pendence by Owolabi Ogunlana

Owolabi Ogunlana | Jun 14th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

For the life of me, I am a traveller with no
name, or a borrowed one at best.
I came on this voyage unplanned,
one could call me a mistake;
however, I made a Man proud,
I made his father call him a Man.

His father was possessive, he couldn’t
have me independent, he made me
dependent on him. His father left abruptly,
then took him, leaving me travelling alone.
I found other travellers on the voyage and
soon forgot about them.

However, I was not complete, a part of me
went with them, the dependent part, he
didn’t give me the autonomy I needed. Till
one day, I found a girl named “U”, she
introduced me to a Man named “J”. Mr “J”
said I wasn’t dependent, I am the light the
Man and his father needed, I am enough.

I don’t know what you are pondering, but
no, I am not the Biblical Jabez, I wouldn’t
claim to be the Brain to your Pinky, I am “I”,
that is my name and I have decided to own
It.

Poet Bio

Owolabi Ogunlana is currently a student at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. He loves every aspect of the Arts, his mum and brothers.

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