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POEM 128: HEART-QUAKE

From East to the West

I sent my heart on a journey

To bring East her waste

For recycling, remolding, re-loving.

But her art ate my heart

With words warlike Wednesday waylaid

When the next day I laid

sipping the tea of anticipation

From a cup of trust…

Just when I thought the noise I heard

from the market square to my head

Were shouts of joy…

I received my heart again

in a parcel of tears.

This is that moment when memories makes my heart quake.

For tonight just over my head

I heard her whisper ‘I wish you’re here’

The foundations of my heart quake

Like it did when empty I returned

From my love hunt.

30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ 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. Jaachị 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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