I made me!

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Out of darkness, I was birthed

In pain and agony, I was formed

My Mother, a blind pauper

My Father , a robber and a rapist.

I came into the world a hustler

I never cuddled or fumbled

Always on point or the streets would swallow me whole.

I learnt to sprint, run and flee

From victims whose possessions were safely tucked inside my shirt.

I was a collector, a provider.

A little sister came along and I hated my mum for it

Why bring another to suffer?

Baffles my mind…

My anger at my helplessness consumed me

When I discovered my Mum was a dumping ground for rejected seeds

She was helpless and defenseless

Who could help us?

Who would help her?

I ran away from my mum and the helpless baby.

I would go and build a house

I would come back with a car

I would be the Savior they’d been looking for.

I wandered again into the darkness

And I found a brotherhood, willing to accept

And train me to become a person.

I had to give and sacrifice

I had to entrap and enslave

I became the grim reaper’s messenger

The middle man for death

I took their clothes and jewelries

I made their money and valuables my own.

The cars I couldn’t keep

The houses I never saw

But my masters assured and confirmed

That with time I’d make my first million

I can’t say I’m happy they died

I can’t say I’m not happy they did

They care about them

I care about me

It’s the survival of the strongest, baddest and wickedest

I am wicked, I learnt to be

I have a house and car now.

But I didn’t find my mum or my little sis

I heard another me took them away and now they are being spent

In the lofty boutiques of the big towns

I am looking for a woman

To share my new life with

So I can be normal and have a family

but I have a weight on my shoulder

I don’t know if I can bear for so long

The life I made is better

Way better than the life that was given me

I made me and I like me.


by Charis Black.

For those who do not understand, this is a prose-poetry that narrates the life and experience of a young man who had to struggle hard to survive. He decided to help himself to life after being denied the life he deserved right from birth. He became an instrument for destruction and because of the lessons he had learned in life his heart became hardened and he justified his wickedness – Survival. There was no Savior and so he became his own Savior. You can hardly blame him. In his case “when life gives you lemons – You make bitter lemonades”. But more people like him can be prevented, it’s in our hands, we can end it.


About Charis Black

A Graduate of The University of Ibadan, Studied English Language and Literary Studies. A passionate Writer. Travelling, Reading, Watching movies, Networking and eating confectioneries are top on the list of her many hobbies. "Writing is my life and with my writings , I am making great impact in my world" -Goodness 2016.
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20 Responses to I made me!

  1. The Light says:

    The poetic structure is excellent. With one line after another, truly, we can prevent such from happening. God bless you

    Liked by 2 people

  2. donaldeasyy says:

    I’m so much in love with this piece. Lots of kids on the streets with so much rough childhood. They need to learn how to view life positively and not be swayed by materials things

    Liked by 1 person

    • Charis Black says:

      They need to learn to view life positively and not be swayed by material things…. I don’t quite agree with you on that Donald. The material things are a necessity. They need them, they should have them, they shouldn’t have to struggle to be clothed or fed or sheltered. How do you expect them to view life positively when all they see are the negatives, they are experiencing the other unpleasant side of life and so they can’t look at things positively or learn to…. You are the one that would show them that there is a positivity to life. You have to show them, feed them, cloth them, equip them with knowledge and upgrade their mindset, then they can see that life has positive sides too….


      • donaldeasyy says:

        Viewing life positively automatically puts it that you strive to do things positively. No one is ever contented with what they have, its human nature to always want more. The most important part is how you get what you want. Kids on the street with a very rough background have a decision to make. Yes material things are a necessity, but how far would you go to get them. Life has never been a bed of rose, the struggle to survive is not a justification of viewing life negativity, it’s a decision. I for one never lets situations weigh me down because i know I’ll always rise up to it. My background wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t easy but we pulling through. No one thought me how to be positive

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  3. victor aboyowa says:

    its a nice one…


  4. Lewis Okpogba says:

    “I Made Me & I Like Me”
    Beautiful, Poised, Relentless, Tenacious, Gifted & Alas, The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
    U Led…
    I Read…
    & I Read..!
    Now, What Else? I’m Hooked!
    Tell Us More About These Things…
    Tell Me More, Of & About, Everything…
    The Way U & Only U Can Relate To Us, These Important Things That Elates Our Spirit Beings!
    “Make Me~As U Made Him~Like Me!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. victoreze07 says:

    Nice…we can learn a lot from this

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ifeoluwa says:

    Nice poetry.. Very relative to 60% of the present day average Nigerian common man.. It can be prevented if the change begins with us..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Kola Faboo says:

    Beautiful piece..#awesome

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Timilehin says:

    This is beautiful charis.i never knew u’re this talented. Nice 1.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. obinyan onuwabhagbe says:

    Cold truth…happening around us.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. obinyan onuwabhagbe says:

    kold truth…happening all around us.

    Liked by 1 person

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