“If you love something, set it free!
If it comes back to you, it is yours.
If it doesn’t, it never really was”
If those words were true,
then we will never own the things we love,
nor recover the things we set free.
For everything is a test of our desire
and commitment to keep them.
What is it about vulnerability
that made us so attractive?
How do you guarantee what is yours
will stay when it comes back?
No wisdom lies in the willingness
to disconnect to reconnect.
Some things just lack the ability to come back,
they never should have been let go in the first place.
Holding on is impressively mystic,
It’s a Phoenix rising from ashes.
You only need to wait and see where it leads.
What is meant to be will be when we risk to give our best.
That is when the connection ignites.
That is when what we love will stay and be ours.
Ezekiel Archibong studied Law in University of Benin and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2018. He currently practices with Aina Blankson LP, a leading law firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He believes that Man’s catastrophe is caused by Man’s intolerance and that the world would be a better place to live if as humans, we could focus on the things we share in common rather than the things that tear us apart. His works are published and forthcoming in The Palm Magazine, Best Poetry, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Boulderweekly Literary Magazine, Scarlet leaf Magazine.