I am only I

You are Attired and Arrayed and Assured in your conspicuous excellence,
And I am only I

Think, imagine, picture yourself as a tree of great shade
See in your mind its immensity
Its mighty boughs and the birds among them.
The lush foliage
The sunlight on it
The coolness it casts;
Upon a neigbhourhood
Upon a house
Upon a family
Upon the girl and boy who were;
My brother and myself
I am only I

What is the difference between
Our “inferior” then
And your superior now
Is it in writing?

In our writing, images spoke
Seasons sang or wept
They were many
They were necessary
Rivers, the footpath to it
The tree ACACIA its stature
Camwood, the beauty it gives
The rain-forests, its lush green!

I am only I!
We are who we are!!
We are AFRICA!!!

Grace Orebiyi

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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