At last let the awakening arise

The Poet's Corner

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By Ben Ezeohagwu

At last
let the
awakening arise,

Out of wave
of evils
as slave,
then to crave
as genuine
human being,

becoming free
from the chains
of darkness.

No longer ask
What to gain
by giving up evils
and changing
for better!

It’s not a
business deal,
but ennoblement zeal,

So exert such
pure volition
for what is right and light

to become
ennobled as such,
that alone
is more
than reward.

Such resolution
brings light
in sight
out of initial blight,
All the treasures
of this world,
in their flimsy pleasures,
Cannot be compared
with eternal values
inherent in freedom
that lie in wisdom.

Let the Light
of Truth
become that guide,
That lightens
and brightens
the path
to live by.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for Literature (2017). He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin/Canada/USA

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