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It has been said that life is the most patient teacher. You will be presented with the same experience over and over until you learn the best way to deal with the situation. This is not because life is cruel. Rather, it is because things have a way of coming back to haunt us when we don’t deal with them.

One form of intelligence is the ability to learn from mistakes. These mistakes mustn’t necessarily be yours. We can learn to learn from the mistake of others. When you are presented with a painful experience, take the time to think about how you can avoid it in the future. This is a poetry-rendered example of a lesson learned.

I’ve learned a lot in the past
I learned a lot today
And I am learning, on the go,
when God leads to follow,
though the path is rough and narrow.
I’m learning what God feeds to swallow
though the wine taste bitter and the bread sour

I’m learning to let go and let God
and how to in Him, find joy

I’m learning that I cannot make others love me
the way I’d love them to,
nor make others love me just how I desire to be loved too.

I’m learning to appreciate the people that admire me from a distance,
I’m learning to know it’s not because of ego,
ugly experiences or low self esteem;
they love genuinely,
but just don’t know how to show it

I’m learning that no matter how much I care,
some people just don’t care back.
For this reason, I love all regardless
in the little way I can

I’m learning that forgiving takes practice,
and that consciously.
I’m learning that forgetting takes forever.

I’m learning to always leave
loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time I see them.

I’m learning to make music,
to paint my thoughts like an artist,
to create imageries like a poet and to be ultimately at peace with myself.

I’m learning to fill my black holes with droplets of hope,
perhaps someday a life unfair
would be bleached to crystal clear,
and that which clouds my mind,
I’d fully understand

I’m learning to chalk dark days
with rainbow shades of grey,
perhaps someday, perfection would dawn on me
like sunshine does every even

I’m learning to find joy in the little things of life

I’m learning to be the me that makes me me.

What about you?

Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachi Anyatonwu is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachi is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.


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    • Chiemela

    • 1 year ago

    I’m learning how you learn, maazi.. This is beautiful

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      It’s an honour. Thanks for reading, Chiemela.

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