Reasons I cannot Boast

To boast is to blow the trumpet
Blowing one’s own trumpet
Pointing out to others about one
Concerning achievements
Concerning attainments…

I am but an ordinary man
There are billions of other men
Whatever my height is
There are people taller or shorter
Whatever my frame is
There are people weaker or stronger
What reason is there for me to boast?

Of course I went to various schools
Many others have gone to such schools
Some went before or after I had gone
Human beings were my professors
Whatever grades I earned at schools
Some had scored much higher or lower
What reason is there for me to boast?

I am married with children
Billions of men are married with children
I run my family according to my ability
Every other husband and father does theirs
Looking at each of these qualities
I find nothing special about me as a person
What reason is there for me to boast?

I have seen the vagaries of life
Millions of people went through same
That is hardly any reason to boast of

Oh, now I remember why I boast
I discovered the strength of why I am
I discovered the latent energy behind me
Sure, I can now shout a topmost halleluiah!
Jesus is the one in whom I boast!

Enyinda Okey

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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