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POEM 219: BECAUSE I’M NOT FOREVER

like the dinosaurs, I’ll some day, be gone
so, I wrote this

thinking of the lonely days that will crawl by when I’m gone
        I leave stories of you and I
        in lines and verses
so you don’t cry when I’m gone

thinking of the deep sighs that will punctuate every tear drop when I’m gone
        I leave memories beautiful of you and I
        on the pages of your heart
so you don’t cry when I’m gone

thinking of the heavy clouds that will drown you in a pond of tears
        when I sing my ‘goodbye’ dirge
        I paint the rungs of our elevation with rainbow colours
so you don’t cry when I’m gone

thinking of the emptiness that will dawn with dawn
when you awake to discover it’s no nightmare
        I create a nostalgia cinema of us
        in your subconscious
so you don’t cry when I’m gone

…because I’m not forever

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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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