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Easy-going, Diligent, Creative, and Spiritual
Brother of Stephen, Mildred, and Jeanette 
Lover of Nature, Women, and Poetry
Who feels Pain, Love, and Empathy
Who fears The Unknown, Snakes, and Heights
I would like to see The Eiffel Tower, El Castillo, and The Great Wall of China
Resident of Moravia Park Drive, Maryland

For the most part, I'm a romantic poet, but I also venture into satire, humor, nature, spirituality, existentialism, etc. I don't shy away from the sad and dark themes as well. I started writing poetry in November 2006. However, after losing my poetry notebook with about 135 poems in early 2009, I lost my passion for poetry completely. I was jobless for almost a year due to the recession of 2014, during that time period, I reignited my passion for poetry to stave off boredom. I discovered Poetrysoup and started posting my poems in 2016. The first poem I posted, "Wings of A Butterfly." My poems "Sing To Me, Nightingale", "Unfulfilled Dream" and "A Waxing Crescent" appeared in the first issue of Poesis Online Journal. My biography and poem "Musings of An Aging Man"  features in the "My Poet Friends" section of Emile Pinet's poetry book, "A Match In The Dark." My poems "Say You Will", "Winds of Night" and "Echo Chasing" were featured in the "PS: It's Poetry" Anthology"

I'm currently working as a Lot Associate at The Home Depot
I'm a Navy Veteran
I'm Nigerian-American born in Lima, Ohio in October 28th, 1976
Graduated from Lake Clifton Campus(formerly Lake Clifton Eastern High School), Baltimore, Maryland in 1995
Graduated from Essex Community College in 2003 and Brightwood College(formerly TESST College of Technology) in 2005
Certifications: Electronics Technology, Telecommunications, Fiber-Optics/Copper Network Cabling 



"This or That, Vol 6" Poetry Contest is finalized!

Blog Posted:9/8/2021 5:22:00 AM
Thank you all for participating in my "This or That, Vol. 6" poetry contest, whether you entry poem placed or not. This was another difficult contest to judge as the competition was very stiff. Congratulations to all the winners! Reasons for the N/As: Awesome poem, just didn't make the cut. 2. No date, contest title and name of sponsor at the bottom. 3. Misspelling(s) spotted in the poem 4. Wrong title/poem had nothing to do with contest themes. I'll be visiting the winning poems later today. I wish you all luck in my next contest! Peace and love.

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Date: 9/13/2021 12:15:00 PM
Thanks Edward! I always look forward to your contests!
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Date: 9/12/2021 3:50:00 AM
I thank you for my placement, Edward:)
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Date: 9/8/2021 5:50:00 PM
Thank you for sponsoring this challenging contest. Very helpful for like me who oftentimes run out of ideas...Your choice of title motivates us to create poems. Congratulations to all the winners..
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Date: 9/8/2021 1:18:00 PM
Edward, thank you! I loved this theme and really like the concept of the series. I am so thankful for my placement. There were so many extrordinary entries it truly is an honor to be among the winners. Congratulations to all of the winners. Your themes really generated some wonderful poetry. Grateful for all that you do here on the soup. Blessings!
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/8/2021 4:17:00 PM
Thank you very much indeed, Sam:-) I really appreciate the kind, wonderful comments. My next contest is up now. I can't wait to read another gem from you, my friend.
Date: 9/8/2021 12:42:00 PM
Enjoyed participating in the contest, Edward, and think your idea for this recurring contest is wonderful. Hopefully, I'll do better next time. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/8/2021 4:09:00 PM
Thanks for participating, Milt:-) My next contest is up now. I wish you the best of luck, my friend!
Date: 9/8/2021 8:55:00 AM
Edward, I enjoyed writing for the theme of Last Sigh. We always win when we write a poem that we will hold close to our hearts forevermore. Congratulations to your winners ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 9/8/2021 4:08:00 PM
True indeed! Thanks for participating, Constance:-) My next contest is up now.
Date: 9/8/2021 6:51:00 AM
Thanks for the contest and for my placement, Edward. I quite look forward to "this and that" contests!!
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Date: 9/8/2021 4:06:00 PM
You're quite welcome, Andrea:-) My next contest is up, btw.

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All who participated in Pick-A-Title, Vol.17 -Yalto-...THANK YOU!
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My "Pick A Title, Vol 16 -Free Verse 2 - Poetry Contest" is judged!
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Damn you, Writer's Block.
Date Posted: 4/20/2020 9:03:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/17/2021 Deep Wounds of A Narcissist Verseperspective,truth,
9/17/2021 Meandering Free verseallusion,analogy,life,per
9/15/2021 Should You Leave Verseencouraging,poetry,write,
9/15/2021 Hello, September Verseappreciation,autumn,seaso
9/13/2021 KEY Verseencouraging,heart,home,lo
9/10/2021 Seep Monkeyflower Monokuflower,imagery,wind,
9/10/2021 Live Life Fully Acrosticinspirational,life,wisdom
9/10/2021 Bug Bite In The Rear Tankahumor,insect,
9/9/2021 Inner Child of Mine Free versechild,freedom,happiness,p
9/8/2021 Beauty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,seasons,
9/7/2021 So Complicated Verseconflict,perspective,rela
9/5/2021 Fall of Afghanistan Free verseconflict,horror,places,wa
8/26/2021 A Journey To Self-Love - POTW Verseappreciation,confidence,g
8/23/2021 Lost And Found Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
8/23/2021 Fall Noon Ablaze Tetractysautumn,humor,imagery,meta
8/21/2021 Looking Out To Sea Diminished Hexaverseimagery,memory,sea,sunset
8/16/2021 Aubade Senryupoetry,write,
8/15/2021 Triskaidekaphobia Senryuanxiety,day,emotions,fear
8/15/2021 Black Woodpecker Haikubird,imagery,nature,
8/15/2021 Don't Hide Your Scars Free verseappreciation,beauty,encou
8/14/2021 Lark Sparrow Haikubird,imagery,nature,song,
8/14/2021 A Grasshopper Imagismimagery,insect,nature,
8/14/2021 You're Missed, Carolyn Odedeath,farewell,people,tri
8/12/2021 Look For A Compromise Didacticconflict,encouraging,wisd
8/10/2021 The Taste of Her Lips Versekiss,passion,romance,
8/10/2021 Now Is The Time Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
8/10/2021 Rain Or Shine Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
8/10/2021 King And Queen Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
8/7/2021 Growing Pains Nonetconflict,perspective,teen
8/7/2021 Puppy-Love Blooming Free verseboy,cute love,girl,youth,
8/5/2021 Go-Between Dodoitsuconflict,family,relations
8/5/2021 The Gamut of Life Nonetendurance,husband,life,me
8/4/2021 Gym Rust Senryuperspective,
8/4/2021 Alone With The Moon Personificationbeauty,loneliness,me,moon
8/3/2021 Winter Migration Haikubird,imagery,nature,seaso
8/2/2021 The Great Pyramid of Giza Concretecreation,poetry,
8/2/2021 Impasse Verse9th grade,boy,feelings,gi
7/31/2021 Children Lyricchildren,perspective,trut
7/31/2021 Devour Versedesire,longing,metaphor,m
7/31/2021 Miasma Imagismimagery,
7/31/2021 Red Leaf Haikucolor,imagery,nature,
7/30/2021 In My Daydream Verseimagery,
7/30/2021 Haven Acrosticencouraging,heart,peace,p
7/30/2021 Existential Dread Dodoitsuangst,fear,
7/30/2021 Blood-Orange Sky Monokuimagery,nature,sky,
7/29/2021 Never Say Die Acrosticinspiration,people,tribut
7/29/2021 On Saturnine Days Rhymedark,day,god,perspective,
7/29/2021 'You're Fired' Senryuperspective,
7/29/2021 Langston Hughes Clerihewart,celebrity,people,poet
7/29/2021 Mohabbat Verseimagery,love,romance,urdu
7/29/2021 A Gnawing Urge Free verseabuse,dark,drink,drug,lif
7/28/2021 Butterfly Chasing Haikubutterfly,flower,happines
7/28/2021 Once Bitten, Twice Shy Free verseperspective,wisdom,
7/28/2021 Hold Me Close Free verseanalogy,devotion,encourag
7/28/2021 The Hankering Fibonaccidesire,longing,passion,
7/28/2021 Do The Right Thing Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/28/2021 Which Are You Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/28/2021 A Transformation Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/28/2021 Thin Line Between Trust And Doubt Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/28/2021 Blessings And Curses Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/28/2021 The Rich And The Poor Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
7/7/2021 Animal Cruelty Verseabuse,anger,animal,perspe
7/7/2021 Bamboozled Versebetrayal,dark,
7/6/2021 Ring My Bell Free verseencouraging,
7/6/2021 This Is Me Biome,
7/4/2021 A Debt To Nature Haikuanimal,death,food,imagery
7/4/2021 Release Your Hold Verselove,truth,wisdom,
7/4/2021 Path To 'The Impossible' Verseanalogy,perspective,simil
7/4/2021 House Plants In The Nursery Personificationflower,garden,humor,image
6/28/2021 summer recreation Haikubeach,imagery,people,summ
6/26/2021 Belaboring The Obvious Versehumanity,perspective,trut
6/24/2021 Believe All Accusers Verseencouraging,people,perspe
6/23/2021 The Shape of Water Free verseperspective,truth,water,
6/22/2021 Exit Old, Enter New Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/22/2021 Problem Solved Epigramperspective,wisdom,
6/18/2021 Bullies And Their Enablers Versepeople,perspective,truth,
6/18/2021 Sunflower Acrosticanalogy,beauty,flower,hap
6/17/2021 Masochist Dodoitsupeople,perspective,
6/17/2021 Unhappiness Dodoitsuemotions,sad,
6/17/2021 Sucker Monokupeople,perspective,
6/16/2021 Keeping Up Appearances Narrativeconflict,dark,irony,marri
6/16/2021 What Goes Up Comes Down Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/13/2021 Laugh Now, Cry Later Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/13/2021 The Choice Is Yours Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/13/2021 Dead To Rights Narrativefate,house,imagery,people
6/11/2021 Fool Monokuperspective,
6/10/2021 Anger Verseanger,emotions,encouragin
6/8/2021 Unexplainable Versepassion,
6/8/2021 This Phrase Called 'True Love' Free verseperspective,true love,tru
6/6/2021 Congratulations, Graduate Free verse12th grade,encouraging,gr
6/6/2021 Decisions, Decisions Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/6/2021 Differing Opinions Diamantecreation,poetry,words,
6/5/2021 Underdogs Versepeople,perspective,
6/4/2021 Entitled Versepeople,perspective,
6/3/2021 Hectic Day Footleday,
5/30/2021 Dear Youngin' Versedream,encouraging,inspira
5/29/2021 A Telling Sign Tankahope,imagery,morning,star
5/29/2021 Mind-travelin' Imagismadventure,freedom,imagery
5/26/2021 Life's Cup of Joe Free verselife,meaningful,symbolism
5/25/2021 Cold As Ice Versebetrayal,feelings,heart,h

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Fav Poems

Changing Sky Pantoumnature,sky,
Truth To Truth Free verseconflict,devotion,heartbr
Whiteness Acrostictribute,
Ransomed Free versefaith,jesus,
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Then I Wake Rhymeabsence,love,miss you,mis
Tell the Night to Hold Me Lyricforgiveness,heartbreak,he
To Read You Free verseappreciation,metaphor,pas
I wander the desert alone Free verseimagery,metaphor,nature,o
The House of Light Rhymebeauty,nature,
The Red Leaf Free versedeath,emotions,grief,hear
The Sounds Of A Rose Free verseflower,rose,
Roses Roses Roses POTD Free versered,rose,
Your Cloud Rhymelove,simple,sky,wind,
Ineffable Free verseallusion,appreciation,bea
Child Diminished Hexaversechild,
Some Are Not Meant For This World Free verseabuse,allusion,death,dest
UNBEARABLE THIS LONGING Dramatic Versedeath,how i feel,
Polka Dots And All Sonnet10th grade,beautiful,beau
My Winter Free verseinspirational,lost love,
My Darling Boy Quatrainanalogy,boy,childhood,inn
Inside a Cubicle Terza Rimawork,
Civil Twilight Free verseappreciation,beauty,memor
In My Beautiful Dream Versedream,
U G L Y Personificationanti bullying,beautiful,b
Shooting Stars Verse10th grade,beautiful,imag
SYLLABUS Versekiss,love,sensual,
a muse abused Versedance,freedom,muse,
Blink Out Verse10th grade,11th grade,all
ONENESS Verseamerica,destiny,imagery,i
To the One I Long For Free verselonging,love,
DAYBREAK Versebird,joy,life,morning,
Transcending Hope Versehope,
Fragility of Fate Free versedeath,love,love hurts,
Spirit dance of butterflies Rhymegrief,happiness,
Tutankhamun Verseadventure,appreciation,hi
Sometimes love just isn't enough Free verselost love,
Fear Of The Unknown Narrativefear,feelings,
If Only You Knew Rhymedream,emotions,love,
No Longer Two Verse10th grade,emotions,feeli
A Feral Frozen Free verseanimal,appreciation,beaut
The Clown Rhymeangst,character,conflict,
Frown around Rhymeanxiety,confidence,courag
Suicide of Speech Free verseangst,conflict,silence,
Fingertip Tracings Upon My Skin Free versesensual,
White Privilege Rhymeracism,
Would You Still Love Me Free verseanalogy,love,relationship
Memories In the Sand Dramatic Monologuememory,missing you,passio
Crushed Free versedaughter,death,family,mem
Time Verse10th grade,11th grade,9th
To the Dandelion in the Concrete Personificationcharacter,endurance,flowe
Down The Primrose Path Lyricdark,fear,garden,imagery,
At Cusp of Dawn Rhymemoon,sun,
Eye Love, You Free verseappreciation,beauty,muse,
The Last Good Days of Innocence Free verseinnocence,lost,sorrow,
Summer Camping Free versegood night,inspiration,mo
Simulacrum Sapphic stanzaimagination,
Dragon's Tooth Sapphic stanzadeath,evil,fantasy,
Ambrosia Free verseappreciation,kiss,love,pa
TREES SOBBING Verseemotions,nature,rain,
Soliloquy Rhymehope,light,loneliness,oce
King Oedipus: Foreshadowing Rhymedark,fate,life,light,
Ambedo Free verseanalogy,childhood,growth,
Thats when I fall down upon my knees, song version Lyricdepression,feelings,god,h
Susurrus of October Acrosticoctober,song,
Catharsis Versedeep,emotions,endurance,f
Someone who used to be you Blank versedream,lost love,love,
I Keep Coming Back Free versedepression,
Its a part of me Prose Poetryemotions,introspection,li
I Lay Bare My Wounded Heart Free verseemotions,endurance,lost l
Lift somebody's dawn Lyricencouraging,inspiration,m
The Woman They Know Free verseanalogy,courage,hope,wome
Trance Free versemeaningful,
In Soft Tongues Free verseangst,
Promise Rhymeamerica,appreciation,conf
Grandeur of nature Rhymeimagery,nature,
Queen Rose and Her Many Sisters Imagismflower,
Be to become Ethereespiritual,
ANODYNE Free verseheartbreak,
Carousel of Dreams Free verseanalogy,courage,dream,hop
God Bless the USA Dramatic Monologueaddiction,satire,usa,
A Poem For My Algebra Teacher Free verse6th grade,abuse,betrayal,
Monsters of the Sea Sijomythology,
Rebirth Of The Third Angel Free verseangel,beauty,butterfly,de
A Stranger Came From Nowhere Dramatic Monologueallusion,god,religious,
the reap Free versedeath,
Goodnight Kisses Verse10th grade,11th grade,age
frogspawn Haikunature,
Open Up Free versefaith,hope,love,
Wise Words To Ponder Monokuwisdom,
Chimera Blank versefairy,fantasy,
Forlorn Hope Verselost love,moving on,
Falsehood Monokuallusion,analogy,
Forlorn Hope Free versehope,
The Two Drivers In My Life Free versebirthday,childhood,parent
fragile Free versecute,life,metaphor,wisdom
A nightingale sings of dawn's glory Versebreak up,hope,love hurts,
HEALING POWER OF THE DRUM Free verseinspirational,native amer
Giving Godly Grace Acrosticgiving,god,
SILHOUETTE Lyricallegory,women,

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