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Michael Ayomide: Two Poems

A LIVING OXYMORON

I am strongly weak,
Mundanely righteous,
Happily sad.

Dotted, slashed or dashed,
Sometimes stabbed,
But not squashed.

Caged in Freedom,
Lucidly dreaming lost dreams,
While the world dreams away.

An organized scatterbrain,
Indolently meticulously,

A thick skinned basket case,
Bleeding insecurity like a punctured vessel,
Walking excitedly on eggshells with depression

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HOW TO PREPARE A CHICKEN (BUILD SELF-ESTEEM)

(Don’t) Soak (yourself) over-night in butter-milk (comparison)
Buttermilk is milk (how people see you),
and vinegar or lemon (Their thoughts about you)

Then, put flour (self-love) in a bowl,
Add ginger powder (assertiveness),
garlic powder (persistence)
and basically any spice you can see (set personal boundaries)

In another bowl,
you will prepare egg (Listen to your inner monologue),
Add salt maggi (positive affirmations),
and pepper (forgiveness of self – and others),

Remove (yourself) from buttermilk (comparison),
dip in egg (Listen to your inner monologue)
wash (in positive re-affirmations),
Dip (yourself) in flour (self-love),
dip in egg (Listen to your inner monologue)
wash (in positive re-affirmations) again
and then flour (self-love)
lastly, fry (in self-confidence – even if you have to fake it)

 

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