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Of Dreams And Distractions

We’ve heard you sing
We’ve seen you dance
We’ve watched you swing
On the stage
Like you do in our hearts
Whilst we stand on this stage
Of hopeless helplessness,
Wishing our wishes
Could fish gold fishes
And halt hooking onto jellyfishes.

Hearts rent
Into uneven pieces,
We need stitches!
Booths basking in feaces
Firing fierce shots
Past the parallel iron studs
Of a lone goal post
Spectacle of spectators
Prayerless players
Chasing the round head
Of blind dreams
Like a headless chicken.

Pilots without radar
Captains with no compass
Nude swingers
Remoting our rocking heads
Towards every distraction
Sleepy dreamers
Wishful misers
At the mercy of mad enticers.

We’ve heard you sing
We’ve seen you dance
We know of your wiles
And the sweetness ab initio
Of your subtle sting.
We are taking over our head
We are seceding from your grip
Hey! Legs, lets take a trip
With haste from the temptress.

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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