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POEM 340: BALANCE


i do not want a side of the coin
flip it over, sweet or sour

i need more
more of good and bad

good, because bad abounds,
bad, because too good is bad

i need more,
more of up and down

up, because there’s where i belong,
down, because it reminds me from whence I am come

i need more
more of luxury and loss,

luxury, because life’s too short,
loss, lest i be full and by folly curse god

i need more
more of black and white,

black, because in black beauty is found,
white, because in white black is profound

i need more
more of you and i

you, because you need me,
i because i need me

i need more
give me sweet, give me sour
let balance be the core

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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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