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ode to self


dear stefn,
your laughter is delightful
and so is everything else

do not let your mistakes hurt you
find strength in the experience

your words mean more than you think they do
your opinion is worthy to be shared

your songs are capable of being sung
and so are your three sixty five poems

when next your fears knock on the door
send them fleeing down the stairs

then sit back like your father’s son
and read your archive of poems

and if your bare chin they mock
tell ’em you’ve got inner beard


#Pengician #SSA

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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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