POEM 333: For Elizabeth

this minstrel of mine, heart-singer,
tickling my heart with melodies fair

this minstrel of mine, eye-singer,
bursting the ducts that habour my tears,

this minstrel of mine, ear-singer,
tap-tapping the talking drum in my ears

this minstrel of mine, sweet-singer,
not one note does sweetness not bear

this minstrel of mine, droll-singer,
what beautiful voice, I drool as I stare

this minstrel of mine, thrill-singer,
of cherubic voices, like heaven on earth

this minstrel of mine, wit-singer,
make songs feel like laughter, lest bored, I faint

this minstrel of mine, echo-singer,
long after she’s done, it echoes again

this minstrel of mine, love-singer,
this list would be endless, if i do not pause

happy birthday, dear minstrel
more life, more music,

with love,

30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu banner
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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