Journey from Self to Self by Babatunde Fagbayibo

Poetry Potion | March 24th, 2015 | current issue, poetry | No Comments


Self loves self;
Self loathes self;
Self questions self;
Self cheats self;
Self replicates self;
Self diverges from self;
Self finds a way back to self.

Self voyages
in search of self.
Circular, linear, non-linear,
zig-zag, crooked, bended …
defines the journey to self.
Will self find self?
Will self accept the unexpected self?
Will self accept the self found
in the other?

Loneliness engulfs self
as the road refuses the navigation
tools to self.
Error, Error…it reads.
Self recoils, finds refuge
in the invisible companion.
Self takes a step back from the
prevalent cacophony, a feigned
sense of calm becomes the norm.

Self screams:
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
Self proclaims:
“I have found self!”
The illusion of discovery
is to alluring to discard.
The bended tip of the road
strikingly resembles the desired
Fantasy slowly gives way to
reality, and
the long road ahead is unfolded.

Self finally finds self
not at the envisaged terminus
not in a recognisable shape
not as a monolith
But in fragments –
some mutually exclusive; some compatible.
Each telling a story of
the futility of a programmed voyage.

Poet Bio

Nigerian born Babatunde Fagbayibo is a law teacher, he resides in South Africa. His poems have been published on online platforms such as Kalahari Review, NigeriansTalk Litmag, and LitNet. In addition, he has written a number of essays on issues relating to Africa’s development. You can follow him on twitter @BabsFagbayibo, on Facebook at, and his blog, (NG/SA)


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