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 POEM 324: 19 VERSES OF SORROW
 
i still dream about my lover
crossing 7 rivers on her old boat,

 

rowing ripples of sorrow,
formed by droplets of tears

that moon-walked down her cheeks,
like silver lines in dark clouds

running like water fall, down a hill,
falling with deep sighs, with each clock tick

every drop into the river sings a song
as she rows along:

‘take me deeper than my fears/
do not taste like my tears/
fare me well to yonder shores/
do not draw me to his voice’

too late

there were days of sunshine and plenty,
when the wind was art and poetry,
how much of him was loved?

there were days when rain was heavy,
when affection was your vanity,
how much of him was loved?

now, by untamed naivety
and itchy ears of the gullible laity,
you laid off, like Jonah,
the plot of your journal,

tell me,
how far are you from where he drowned?
not long, yet you miss him sore?

for along you row,
deep he sank and swam,
calling and pleading and hoping
you’d, for past’s sake, heed

but your sadness waved back,
like stray dogs wave tails,
you couldn’t, again bark,
when you met your fears,

not so long a time,
‘time is the balm’
you claimed, but look, dear dame,
who’s got no healing

i still dream about my lover
crossing 7 rivers on her old boat,

on lonely nights of cold
and faint moon lightning

her voice floating in the wind
that swishes west to east,

while an interlude of distant thunder,
rumble in low solemn tones
the song she left unsung:

‘take me deeper than my fears/
do not taste like my tears/
fare me well to yonder shores/
do not draw me to his voice’

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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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    That drew me in instantly, it's like you were painting a picture and I was part of it… You're one of the best poets I've ever read, ever!

    1. Jaachi Anyatonwu

      Thank you, David.

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