Roland Tombekai Dempster

I am not you –

But you will not

Give me a chance,

Will not let me be me.


“If I were you�

but you know

I am not you,

Yet you will not

Let me be me.


You meddle, interfere

In my affairs

As if they were yours

And you were me.


You are unfair, unwise,

Foolish to think

That I can be you,

Talk, act

And think like you.


God made me me.

He made you you.

For God’s sake

Let me be me.

US - Africa Literary Foundation

Chimdi Maduagwu, PhD
Executive Director
US-Africa Writers Foundation
Macaulay Oluseyi Akinbami
US-Africa Writers Foundation
Lagos, Nigeria

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