ifedayo oshin

Rookie (Ondo, Nigeria)

Like Enemy; Like Friend - Poem by ifedayo oshin

My greatest praise goes to you,
My enemy if you perchance exist.
My teacher through, thorough and true
For tutoring me the most and deepest
When a friend’s pat lull me to slumber
Your stinging slap sharpen me awake
For teaching me all I must know
But I must not do
For showing me
The bad, ugly and wrong
That I may know and do
The good, beautiful and the right
For giving me the sting of betrayal
That I may know how not to hurt others
For your sharp, stern and unfriendly look
That I may know the importance of a smile
And when my friend’s sweet words
May let me off guard.
Your sharp rebuke keeps me posted
A reminder of my weaknesses and possible danger
For knowing me than anybody and even myself
Because you have a tab on the files of my life
And so my consultant on self research
Many thanks for being my best
Admirer, critic and guide
Giving me a huge sense of importance
For what more is an enemy, my friend;
If you perchance exist
But a friend in the other boat.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 15, 2006

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