They told me that love makes stony hearts fluffy
and makes life worth living,
but they never told me
that love could get so close enough, 
it chokes me with expectations I cannot meet.

They told me that love is life
stringed on sofa notes,
and music is the language of synchronized heartbeats,
but they never told me that love 
could break me into a thousand rhythms
of blue songs on sad notes

They told me that the way to love someone 
is to lightly run my finger over that person’s soul until I find a crack, 
and then gently pour my love into that crack,
but they never told me 
you could pour sulphur, instead of love
into the gaping void that yearned for yours

It could be they’d lied to me,
It could be I misheard again,
It could be they intended an irony,
Who takes the blame?

#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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