we push about one another
never wanting to lend a shoulder
we mock the weak
and spread abroad faint rays of fear

we forget that we were all human
before the birth of faith and gods


we create great divides
and build up walls of partition


if we could sit on grasses
and like children share a box of candies

we’d realize we all our wired — one to other —
black, pale or white

we will see clearly —
without blurred dots —
that grey line between the differences
that colour or blinds

we would clap and tap our dusty feet
to the nursery rhymes of humanness

we’d remember what Jesus said
“love your neighbour as your own self”
— no better truth

then we’ll raise voices
and in unison sing

loving God
living each other
making music with black and white
making life a journey worth another ride


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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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