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 I’m trapped, trapped inside myself, I want to get out, get out and be free.

 I don’t want to live in my shell, but I’m scared. Scared to take away my mask.

Friends are ever letting me down, no matter how close they are. They are there if they have a problem, but when they don’t, I may as well not exist.

I want someone to trust and care about me. Someone to cry on and someone to listen.

I want someone to love me for who I am, not the masked me whom everyone knows.

Unfortunately none of this can ever come true. Not from someone on planet earth anyway.

Obviously, no one I know is perfect. This includes me. No one I know can fulfill this. Neither can I.


Someone I know who is watching down on everyone of us. I hear He has a special plan and a purpose for anyone who turns to Him.

There will still be hardship and sorrow, but these will make us strong.

He can be trusted.

He is ever so faithful. 

He cares deeply about each person on this earth. 

He can be cried upon, and will cry with you. 

He even puts each tear we cry in a bottle.

He is the best listener anyone could be. And most of all He loves us for who we are, no matter what we have done.

 “Who could do all this?” I hear you ask. 

A dear and special friend of mine called Jesus, with whom I can take away my mask and be free.

Jesus, he takes me in his arms when my feet are weak.

He’s stood where I stand

He feels what I feel

He’s trodden this same thorny path that pores holes into my soul.

He knows my pain

 He said: 

‘Friend, I understand. Weep no more, I the Son is come to light up your life.’

 I wiped my tears and deeply heaved a sigh of relief.

Somebody told me of the power in his words. I didn’t think it could be till it happened to me.

With him, I can take off the mask, lay nude on the altar of grace and have my spirit massaged with healing hands. 

I feel better.

My vision brighter.

You too, can…

 Do you ever feel trapped? Turn to Jesus.

 Come now!

 He awaits you, your tears, wasted years and haggard rags.

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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    • Priscilla

    • 2 years ago

    His word is yes and Him.

    He is a true friend that can never forsake.

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Amen! God bless you, Pricillia.

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    • Alfred

    • 2 years ago

    How reassuring. Thanks for sharing this wonderful message. Reading you is always a pleasure. Keep pouring out your thoughts.

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      The pleasure is mine. Thanks for the kind words.

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    • Abigeal Peters

    • 2 years ago

    This piece is an Energizer.
    Full definition of Energy.
    I almost cried.
    Nice scribbles

    Jesus take the wheel
    You remember ?

    I’ve promised myself to always read books authored by you Jaachi Anyantowu.
    They are full of energy, motivation and inspirations.
    Keep on the good work.

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      I am particularly glad to know you sipped in every word. I pray God keep your head above waters.
      Thanks so much for the kind words. I appreciate.

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