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It may only be a selfish recognition
but what is the difference?
Isn’t all taste a catalogue of neuroses?
Isn’t identity only a lineage of aberrations?
I say ‘this is who I am’, ‘what I love’
but maybe I only mean to say
that this is the closest attempt
(necessarily flimsy still) at carving out a space
for the unknown thing I am
and don’t we underestimate
the extent to which we say ‘truth’
but mean a pitiable and hurried anchoring
of self, for fear of the dark and fear of the light
I say ‘this is where I belong’ but I mean to say
that it was here where I first attempted
to ground my self that being so mercurial,
it may not latch onto some careless breeze and fly away
Familiarity is falsified memory
everything was and is a stranger

 

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About the Author:

Portrait - MogoEbele Mogo is a scientist, entrepreneur and writer. She blogs often at www.streetsideconvos.com

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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  1. Chiziterem November 19, 2015 at 4:09 am #

    Nice

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