POEM 145: NIGERIA
She is like a beautiful woman with an ugly heart, 
alluring yet difficult to love. 
She draws you in with kisses 
and knocks you out with hurtful words.
She is like a candlelight 
glowing in a dark continent
casting dancing shadows off our disunity
and when she burns out
burns down the town
upon which she stood to shine.
She is the sad tale that makes headlines
and leaves sighs on brave hearts.
She’s the giant portrait of an old lady
Cranky 
Angry
Weary
Standing before a mirror on the wall
but sees a reflection that isn’t hers.
She’s the lie we live daily.
– Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu
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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 Publishing 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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