It’s sunrise, I stand here on the hill of mountainous expectations
staring out at what should be humanity. They know I am here, but do not see me with the prism of humanity.

the sun is setting, a fine blend of red and yellow rays stretches unevenly across the sky, an exact description of how humanity spread stereotypes across my blue sky, casting golden light out across gullible minds.

I am swept into a world of manly expectations
Of strong arms and hardened heart
Of concealed tears and deep sighs
Of baritone and beer
Of biceps and bowties

None of freedom of expression of emotions
None of soprano and catwalks
None of bright pink and pouts
None of long hairs and no beard

So, I swirl around in boxed definition of who they want me to be
Pleasing and imploding
Drowning depression in bottles of beer
Manning up when I should boy down in tears

It feels like an entrapment, in which I am bound mind and hand;
Humanity, oblivious of who I am,
Oblivious of my actions, inactions, reactions.
Oblivious of my enamoured desires.
Oblivious of the fact that, I too, collide with swinging moods of human nature and habits…and when I begin to fade, my life becoming worthless, stones shall be heaped over my carcass, beside my father, who like his father, were stones uncracked by conditions and convictions harsh.

Excerpt from my soon-to-be-published book “For Boys Like Me”

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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    • Ayomide D'great

    • 2 years ago

    Nice work Jaachi. Ayomide D’great

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thanks, Ayomide

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    • Stephanie Onoja

    • 2 years ago

    Nicely Scripted

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thanks for reading, Stephanie.

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    • Kenneth

    • 2 years ago

    Emotional and courageous.

    More wisdom and undiluted muse I pray

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thank you, Kenneth.

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    This is so beautiful
    Sad, but still beautiful

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thanks, Jace. We shall find joy

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    • Emmanuel Ebenezer

    • 8 months ago

    I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    Every boys story ❤️

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thanks for reading, and many thanks for the feedback.

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