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POEM 58: I KNOW WHO I AM

They say I’m an old man 
trapped in a boy earthen suit;
Whether na true dem talk or na lie, 
I know who I am.
They say I’m a curious blend of reserved
a good kind of weird, crazy, loving, petty, loyal and whatnot;
Whether na true dem talk or na lie, 
I know who I am.
They say I conceal smiles
in a mask of unspoken words;
Whether na true dem talk or na lie, 
I know who I am.
They say I’m this, that and many other things in-between
They place labels where tags aught not to be;
Whether na true dem talk or na lie, 
I know who I am.

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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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