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They laugh when I tell them I dislike free verse
because odes and rhymes in it are disperse.
This is my poetry, it cannot be worse
permit me or not, you don’t fill my purse.
Forgotten how rhyming makes poetry on fleek?
A mic and a poet; oh what sweet music!
Such joy it brings when verses I ink
Tell me, why should I change it to a prose like thing?
If I take rhyme out of poetry everything goes wrong
It’s like refusing sweetness and feasting on dung.
It’s like erasing taste buds out of the tongue
Like shoving the melody out of a song.
Like taking the sound off onomatopoeia
or hunting bush meat with otapiapia.
Like telling horror tales that make children laugh
or ending this verse without making you laugh.
Like taking humour away from Nigeria
or removing Mecca from Saudi Arabia.
Like robbing a poor poet of his solitude 
or saying Oha ‘gainst Ogbono is better a soup.
You see how of no sense is poetry with a rhyme? 
It makes poetry an unpleasant pepper spiced wine.
I’ll always have my poems punctuated with rhymes
Always. Yes always, though it fetch me no dime
Like my Ugandan poet friend who believes page poetry ain’t cool
you could write me off as a romantic fool,
but with the stubbornness of a Fulani mule
I’ll always rhyme when poetry I spool!
Fleek: Slang. (usually used in the adjectival phrase on fleek) flawlessly styled, groomed, etc
Otapiapia: A locally made insecticide.
Oha & Ogbono: Soups native to the Igbo people.
 – Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu

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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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