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"Who Am I?" by Juluku Isaac Nese


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Published January 1st, 2023

Who Am I?

by Juluku Isaac Nese
(Buruku, Benue State, Nigeria)

Who am I?
I ask every wall and every man.
I ask every green shrub and walking flesh.
I ask flesh, blood, and bone, I ask every divine.

Who am I?
I get silence in return.
Silence thicker than the dark of moonless nights and yet, louder than the blare of a thousand horns.
I stand at the bank and silent voices whisper, "You may get on the boat, but you may not make it out of the lake 'til you grok who you are."
An intangible mind works wearilessly within, weaving and knitting thoughts and ideas.
I could jump on the boat and prove 'em voices wrong.
I could dive into the lake and let the ghost roam, my ghost!

Who am I?
I am who I choose to be.
I may choose to bring light or be an elect for the dark.
I may choose to bring freedom 'n cheer or to spawn doom 'n gloom.
I may choose to be a blessing or a curse.
I could breed gaiety or call for mourning.
I could be a cream of the crop or a part of the herds.
I could be a Solomon or another Nabal.
I am who I choose to be.

Who are you?

My name is Juluku Isaac Nese. I hail from Buruku local government in Benue state of Nigeria. I am a poet, a short story writer, and a student. I have passion for literature and the arts and believe strongly that I will be able to help change the world with my art.

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Axil Poetry and Art:

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