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POEM 306: FOR ESE, OCHANYA AND OTHERS WE’D NEVER KNOW


deliberately, light and divinity stood aloof
while darkness and evil plucked her fruit,
shredded her leaves,
crushed her flowers,
separated her root from earth’s hold:
what was lost was not a child,
but innocence and humaneness.

mankind could only burst tear ducts,
embalm her remains,
like starving babies wail,
be clad in black in a million march,
hum requiems, trend hashtags,
wear long faces and become rhetorical:
mankind, where were we before now?

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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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