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here’s my tag and that’s yours
here’s the mark, you may not cross

how can one carve a coal coloured portrait of me and label him the devil?

what said the iroko to the eagle?
‘my branches are also for vultures’
Shouldn’t you swallow your ego?

a boy has to acquire feminine traits?
That’s right: you never rode this thought lane.

because a specie couldn’t find her place,
she tramples on ‘head’ to save her face.

we all are hungry beasts
but man, mine consumes the bone and meat.

No! Don’t adjust the landmark
Ours is absolute, the snake would bite!
We clap, they dance!
So hell is their Canaan land?

because bias rules our sensibilities,
we remain devoted to antique cultures
like the rampant run of one gender above the other.

because exaggerated conceptions earns us multiple orgasms,
so we throw jabs, one against the other,
with generalizations even toddlers cringe at.

to value our values,
to meet needs without greed,
to promote selfless interests,
to uphold an all inclusive dignity,
to flaunt freedom unbound by rigid liberalism.

I feel uneasy
humanity holds in high esteem isms
that set boundaries on no man’s land.

#Pengician #SSA

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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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