Babatunde Aremu


My Real Identity - Poem by Babatunde Aremu

Like the Messiah queried:
'Who do people say I am? '
Many identify me by what they see
They identify me by my name,
Race, tongue, custom or possessions
But these are ephemeral identities
That are easily forgotten
My real identity is symbolized
By the value added to mankind
My indelible acts that speaks
After I must have left
That people will point to
Those lives touched, mentored,
Guided, transformed, saved,
And delivered from darkness
Are my cherished real identity
So, identify me,
Not by materials but values
And wisdom demonstrated
During my life sojourn
Let your testimony of me
Be: 'He lived for mankind'.

Topic(s) of this poem: identity

Form: Elegy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

In memory of Late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, a foremost Nigerian indusrialist who demonstrated great values when alive. Your work speaks.

Comments about My Real Identity by Babatunde Aremu

  • (1/24/2016 4:06:00 PM)


    Wonderfully profound and brilliant writing, Babatunde! I identify with what you say here, it's how I have always felt too! Actions, what we do with our lives and talent to help all of humanity is what lasts long after we have left this world. Everyone should read this poem, it reflects what we all need to be thinking of instead of material things that will never last. Awesome poem, I really think it's the greatest! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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  • (10/23/2015 9:39:00 AM)


    so much gratitude! !

    So, identify me,
    Not my materials but my values
    And wisdom demonstrated.

    it is very nice to read this poem. Thank you..
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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, October 26, 2015


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