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I published this four years ago on my Facebook wall. Just stumbled into it. Can’t really recall how I came about it, but I think it’s worth sharing again. 

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Life is a battleground

and I’m a soldier;

the day I was born,

I became a recruit.

Everyday I must fight,

whether I wish it be or not.


I’m armed with fearful weapons:

a beast-like machine gun,

a sonic shattering grenade,

and a Swiss pocket knife.

I strike first,

I strike hard,

I strike fear in my enemies.

The devil is the earth’s General,

and I was his Sergeant.

I went on missions for him,

he trained me to hate,

to lie, to cheat, to steal.

On his mission I ruined lives,

I could not stop myself.

All I could do was say,

‘Yes sir, yes!’

I hated this general:

he paid me little wages,

I became bloodthirsty,

my eyes became blood red,

I couldn’t think,

I was an avatar,

and he was the gamer.

The last training he gave me was on depression.

All I could do was say,

‘Yes sir, yes!’

But then I met another general,

who promised me good wages,

proper missions,

and a new promotion.

He called himself Jesus,

I accepted him

and he changed me.

Little did I know that the

mission he gave me,

was the greatest and

hardest mission of all.

The mission was to be a Christian.

Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!

The game is about to begin.

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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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