Though the sky made itself into a watercolor daydream,

splashing rainbow stripes

over the dark skyline,

the promise of kisses

and embrace from gender mates

distort simple childhood memories

with teenage vanities.

I am left with a metallic taste 

sitting on my lips

one for my X

I wonder Y


like the remnants of a bitten tongue

it hurts

doesn’t feel right

but this bait, this bait…

this rainbow in the sky

I don’t know what lies 

within this lines

but I see rainbow lines

in black and white




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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