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embrace yourself, boy

i know boys
who are trying to fit in a bowl
of social norms like
new wine in a broken glass

i know boys
who go to the gym
build bodies
but thier souls are shards
floating in the mercy of winds

i know boys
who are disaster
fitting in futility in a mold of
faux tranquillity sipped off beer mugs

i know boys
who know they are this
because they said they are that
barely unaware of who they
truly are

boys whose bodies are home
to shattered dreams
& cracked walls of rejections

boys whose eyes are rivers
of salt particles by night
but a sky of diamonds by day
brightening up dark corners of others
dying in the inside


i also know boys
who are worth more than beer bottles

boys who give the jungle a run
for it’s savagery
& beat fate to her game

boys who stand before broken mirrors
& reflect the beauty of a thousand suns

boys who are worth more than
broken artifacts
lined up the haunted hall of
discarded dreams

boys who are worth more
than sad tales & moon-lit shadows

boys who know
they are

boys who are worth more
than the mistakes of ignorant forebears,
& stereotypes of misinformed peers

boys who are wear dignity like a pendant around their neck
& tattoo resilience on their chest

boys who are
sacred trees with fruits full
& ripe
& leaves ever green

embrace yourself, boy
be self aware
you’re not alone

let no one determine your worth
your emotion
your passion
your joy

be you!

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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    • Joshua Obongha

    • 1 year ago

    This is an amazing piece Sire… Very nice

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thank you, Joshua.

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