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I wanted to stay,

because I thought heaven was standing in front of a church

with a happy damsel veiled in white
her smiles tinted with the colour of rose
lecturing the sun how to glow.
I wanted to stay
but it would’ve be better if I weren’t the groom
because this heaven later became my doom
Every day started with poetry for me, 
and with country music for her; 
then, it ended with me on the left side of the bed, 
her on the right, and deafening silence in between.
I knew it was not possible
to yoke a mule to a lamb
and then lay blames on the lamb.
So I assume she was selfish and greedy and stays happy thereafter.
While I am saintly and loving and stays unhappy thereafter.
I wanted to stay
though her blazing tongue burned my skin
every night fall
but her guitar strings
gave my mornings a smile’s worth.
But I left
I never did have the strength, 
that’s why I left.
Her heart was too heavy to carry.
– Stefn Sylvester Anaytonwu
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30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ 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. Jaachị 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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