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I love to see things change

But I hate to take steps toward change

Then, I recall the words of Isaac Newton

“All objects remain in a state of rest/motion until a force is applied”

But who will apply the necessary force

To create my desired change

While I maintain total supremacy over my domain


Fear will not let me give in to external intervention or intrusion

Fear that my secrets will be unfolded

Fear that my weaknesses be discovered

Fear that I might be an unpronounced fugitive

Fear that my sacred domain be conquered

And another take my throne

Fear of the unknown


Oh! How fear has cunningly taken over

The rulership of my own life from me

Oh! That I could once again be in control

That I could once again make sand castles

But this time castles that could house men

That I could once again run with the wind

And soar like the eagle


My greatest enemy to change resides within me

And it is my own fear

As the Yorubas’ will say

“The weevils that destroy the beanstalk live within the beanstalk”

The fear I procured with my hard-earned resources

The fear I dedicated so much time to nurture


But, this day I rebel against this siege

By an army that once I paid taxes to

And helped grow her empire in my heart

Today, I rebel against this subtle tyrant called fear

I refuse to be held under willingly again

I refuse to corporate with this virus called fear

That does more harm than the dreaded HIV


I will build castles in the air and

Watch God put pillars under them

I will dream the impossible and do the unimaginable

I will be what the world says I cannot

I will dream like Joseph and

One day control Pharoah’s empire


It does not hurt to dream neither does it to try

I will dream without limits

And attempt beyond my arms length

Perhaps, God will see a young man that needs aid


Fear, I will subdue and conquer

Through repeated trials

Fear, I will rule over and

Help other men gain control of their own domains once again


And then we will reign as Kings and Priests

That our Creator ordained us to be


Tobi Ajibawo



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