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IMPERFECTIONS (a poem by Victor Igiri)

I could be the spark that lights up
your world
I could be your night across four spans
shrouding your shine
I could be the cancer that
breaks you into pebbles
or most often,
the green breath upon your veins;
embrace me,
I am only human.
I could be to you like the dew upon the rose;
the blade of the grass
or as the face of the sword
I could be the blisters on your skins
or the venom of the black mamba;
I am not black
I am only human.
I could be yours to hate a viper
I could be yours a flower to keep
I could be to you as petals to insects
or the beauty of the rainbow, sublime
like you,
I am also Life’s offspring.
I could be some trash to discard;
yet, your gem so rare to shelf
I could be your raging storm,
your weeds,
the parasite,
and even the brimstone to curse,
but cast me no stones
for just as you,
I am clay on queue for
the Potter’s recreation’s
But when I seem night on you
or Sunshine as I would,
Not perfect a flesh,
bear with me for

Author: Victor Igiri

Victor Igiri is an award- winning Nigerian poet and essayist, and a writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a creative entrepreneur who aims to “die empty” leveraging on his skills and talents to create positive impact on earth. He is a poet contributor for Independent Newspaper, Lagos,, and a host of other websites where he shares his poems and inspirational articles. He is the administrator of Purpose Driven Youth Network, a website and Facebook page that is aimed at inspiring people, especially the youths and teenagers in making impact in life. His poems have been anthologized in various spaces; nationally and internationally.

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