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CRAVING AND CHASING



Mortal man! Oh mortal man!
Like a whirlwind in the Saharah
You blow and flow in every direction
Appearing to be so busy here and there
With no eternal value to show for it.

Like a hungry angry lion,
You chase every prey called opportunity
Paying no attention to this body wherein I live,
Having no time for meditation, togetherness,
Prayer, laughter, and such things as I like

I'm the invisible immortal part of you,
I starve and die slowly daily
But, at my agony, with blind eyes you look,
To my painful cry, with deaf ears you listen;
Consoling me with polished procrastinations
While craving and chasing mortal things
Which you must one day live behind.

But there comes a day when down this body breaks
For self-attention deficit
And you suddenly have all the time to receive
Medical attention in the temple of medics
Where you'll willingly pay to be tormented
By soulless syringes and other medical equipment
In pursuit of the same good health
You once enjoyed for free but took for granted.

What then is a vanishing vanity,
If not to amount inexhaustible wealth
For a sick soul strolling to the great beyond?

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Just a thought about life.

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Written on July 30, 2021

Submitted by fidepet on July 30, 2021

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Fidelis Peter Olowu

Simply called Fidel by his friends, he was born in Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli-North Local Government Area of Delta State, South south, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Fidel won the first prize in Rapidly Applied Poetry (RAP) contest during the second edition of the Lagos Festival of Poetry organized by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos State Chapter, (ANA-Lagos) in the year 2005. He also has a good number of literary achievements internationally such as: - Nominated as an "Honorary Poet Fellow, Noble House, London England in 2006. - Nominated for "Poet of The Year Award" in 2007 by the International Society of Poets (ISP, USA) - Nominated for "Poet of the year Award" in 2008 by ISP, USA. - Enlisted in "The International Who's Who in Poetry" in 2008 by the ISP, USA. Published in numerous Anthologies, magazines, etc. Apart from being a poet and a practicing Nurse, Fidel is an inspirational Broadcast Journalist, a song writer, singer with a good level of music production skills, a very interesting corporate MC, a Graphic Designer, a Voice-over artist, etc. A little wonder he's referred to as The Wonderman. more…

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