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I have a collection of poems, titled "The P.O.T". Below are excerpts of the work.
The P.O.T (Poured Out Thoughts) is analogous to water being poured out from a pot to the ground. Here, water is a representation of thoughts and the ground represents the peoples’ minds.
It is a collection of poems that draws its thoughts from the interests of inspiration, motivation, spirituality, personal issues, nature and mankind. Though, The P.O.T, consisting of long and short poems, portrays ‘cut-across-all-ages’ consequences, the thoughts about love and nature are being poured out on the grounds (minds ) of nature lovers and readers of (true) love.
The collection of poems has also two ‘poetic slices’---The Broken Mirror--- as found in the fiction piece, The Broken Mirror---written by the author. It has the Nigerian and foreign versions.
The thoughts poured out touch on the states people of all ages get to find themselves. From school children to the working population---to the entire population---including the ‘senior age’ persons, it mirrors their pursuits, pains, frustrations, pitfalls, discouragements, questions but tries the possibility of hope.
The eleven-poem piece has some of its sub-titles excerpted from the works of the author. For instance, “Out of the Box”, “If:”, “Heralding God’s Magnificence”, “See Life In Your Own Way” and “Dad Loves Me” extracted from his works: Talking Thoughts (Non-Fiction), comprising of “Out of the Box” and “If:”, The Christian Matrix (a collection of Christian stories), as having “Heralding God’s Magnificence”, “See Life In Your Own Way” and “Dad Loves Me” as found in The World We Live In (a short story collection).
The Making of self in the light of the tree
I’m Rooted in Self-discovery
I’m Stemming out in Self-realization
I’m Branching forth in Self-Dynamism
I’m Leaving in the process of Self-completion
I’m Flowering in Self-propagation
I’m Fruiting in Self-Productivity
True poetry is brought forth when there is a ‘Pouring Out (of) Emotions Through Real Yearning’. In other words, the ‘Pouring Out of Emotions Through (the) Reality (of) Yearning’ defines True poetry
Table of Contents
A) Out of the Box
B) See Life In Your Own Way
C) Heralding God’s Magnificence
D) We Are Children
F) Nature’s Blessings
G) The Other Side of Nature’s Consciousness
H) Save Mankind
I) The Faces of L.O.V.E
J) Dad Loves Me
Out of the Box
I was lost in the box called life…In it,
I wanted learning
but my education was deafening
I wanted truth
but my reality faked its root
I wanted to buy the right counsel
but my mind controller got me its left sell
I wanted to be free
but my pursuit turned a tree
I wanted information
but my vision brought me deformation
I wanted wellness
but my state showed illness
I wanted food
but my money was rude
I wanted a wife
but my life mirrored a knife!
I wanted the clarity of pleasure
but my naked eyes saw the dullness of pressure
I wanted to live forever
but my death was to question For Ever
I wanted peace
but my perception reflected unease
I wanted to know about people
but my understanding was a fumble
I wanted to be everyone’s friend
but my experience was the pal’s end
I wanted to be rich
but my efforts didn’t catch a fish!
I wanted direction
but my limitation was the obstruction
I wanted to know the ‘why’ to everything happening
but my answer had to cry to all prevailing
I wanted to invest in good
but my previous return showed “fooled”
I wanted to scream because of pains
but my calmness showed up because of gains
I wanted people to hear my voice
but my quest was a noise
I wanted money
but my struggle was funny!
I wanted to know why the world was divided
but the response was: “Its control is what’s favorite”
I wanted to know what happens after death
but my physical life told me I was on earth
I wanted to tell people my experience
but my words failed me in their presence
I wanted to know if I knew what I know
but my existence replied with a “NO!”
I wanted to find myself through my works
but my inner-self whispered: “If you want to find yourself, then think Out Of the Box!”
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See Life In Your Own Way
Deceptions try permeating my sub-conscious like a virus
Ugly events want to make me dance bad circus
I choose to see myself as the citrus
That grows in the field of peace
Never caught up by the weeds of disease
I’m hooked with creativity through my ability
To express my service to humanity
I see life my own way
Decided not to be in dis-array
It doesn’t matter the name;
Whose distraction is giving him the fame
For I know that’s his game
I’m out for the money
but not down with the honeys
because they are monkeys
pretending to be like good mummies
I’m ahead of my time like time
That’s why you don’t see me all the time
That’s the way I see it…My own way
So, see life in your own way!
Heralding God’s Magnificence
Lord, thank you for grace
For you are with me always as I run my race
Inspite of my nakedness, you shield me with your lace
By faith, I can move mountains
For you’ve made me an ace
Christ is my base
I can’t be shaken by life’s rays
For in God’s presence, I’m more than all mays
And in Christ, I put my enemies at infinite bays
The Lord God is in charge of my case
For His word is greater than what anybody says
His death on the cross is greater than all my big pays
So, I’ve chosen to serve Him, Grace!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Below are my contact details and that of the work (for interested publishers):
Name: Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict (Mr. Ben)
Word Count: 2, 468 words