Idogun Esohe

(25th July 1995 / Lagos, Nigeria)

The Search For Perfection


As a deer thirsts for streams of water,
So I long for perfection,
But still haven’t found it.
It appears that the more I look for perfection,
The more I fall into imperfection.
When I tried to be perfect in all, and to be it all,
Something always suffered.
When I focused on my education, my relationships suffered.


Sitting down under the shade like a tree with deep roots,
I think of two snowflakes.
Each of them takes the perfect form for their journey,
But when encountered by the wind,
They change shapes.
If the snowflakes can’t be perfect, then I can’t be.
After all, I am human.
After years of trying to be perfect, never getting there,
I have concluded that there is no such thing as perfection.


Perfection can only be found in the Creator.
He covers the ground with snow like a blanket of wool,
Scatters frost like ashes on the ground,
Arranges the stars by their names
And sends down hailstones like chips of rocks.
Creating humans to be imperfect wasn’t a mistake.
He did that to show us that our uniqueness lies in our imperfection.
So searching for perfection is a journey leading to frustration.

Submitted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Humans are mortal, so there is every tedency to make mistakes. No one can be perfect. the moment you search for perfection, that is when you see imperfection. however, our uniqueness lies in our imperfection.

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  • Gajanan Mishra (5/16/2013 1:20:00 AM)

    Don't go on searching perfection, good poem, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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