the lone white rose
that squat with no effort
in the black row
of the family, giving comfort.

the third gift
to grace father’s feet
and suckle mother’s nip.

the song of her mother’s smile,
the pride of her father’s thigh,
her brothers’ keeper

the birth of my pen
was your making.
Today, with same pen
I join in the celebrating.

may your days be longer than the river Nile
May your smiles be sweeter than red wine.
Happy Birthday sweet sister mine.

Onyinye (Gift): An Igbo female given name.

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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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