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Cleanse be thoughts, a poem by Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

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I
Cleanse be thoughts,
as clench the heart,
feeds for the words,
as seeds for words,
in speech or script,
reeds or weeds,
sprout from them,
in garden, of the heart.

II
So many heeds,
not flout meeds,
by the greeds,
as the needs,
be modest or simple,
so are causes,
be great deeds.

III
Pure as thoughts wake,
so the words bake,
In giant strides cake,
without illusions fake
mull the volitions rake,
for realities sake,
wrap in silences take.

IV
So thoughts be cleanse
make awesome freeds
in peace and happiness,
clench the heart so pure,
with joy and steadfast,
nobility the cure,
not as lure, but so sure,
all the way, away from depth,
towards the Height,
where real life be.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for literature (2017).  He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin and can be reached at Email: benezeohagwu@yahoo.com, www.africanamericanuniversity.org, 08173175540.

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