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(a reminder to the depressed: You’re loved and you belong here)

I could tell, from the texture of her voice,
that sadness is resident in her core:
Not one word could boast of silk,
but coarse like alligator skin
crawling closer to the call of the sea
I could by merely looking at his eyes tell. 
How drowned his soul is in the ocean of pain
No matter how excited his appearance look
Pain and sadness looms over him. 
Even his eyes betrays him
But, love lives down the lane
there where we walk briskly by
In long handshakes and hugs
In the normal reply, “I’m Fine”
it’s the wind saying ‘you’re loved and you belong here’
The eyes of those you inspire, 
Beckoning on you to move on
The silenced whose voices you echoed
would you leave them voiceless?
I know the other world is better
But you color the canvas of earth so bright
Over there, you could rest forever, true that,
but here you dot our darkness with stars
You make the world amazing
And your presence surge life into the weak
You’re the colors of the rainbow. 
You fragrance like that of after the rain!
You’re the aroma of dust and rain
a reminder that it shall be well
Stay, you make the world go round. 
Stay, you mean so much to us!
And if you chose to bid farewell,
on your tombstone shall be this:
you’re loved and you belonged here.

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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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