POEM 260: THANK YOU STRANGER

just when one thought one’s a mess,
a stranger walks into the cabin,
falls on one’s feet
and like Elisha, requests a double portion.

one wonders

a double portion of my mess?
‘no!’ says stranger, ‘You’re a positive influence’

a double portion of inferiority complex?
‘You’re superior’, says stranger.

a double portion of what?
I have nothing to offer other than that which I lost.

but stranger would none of one’s cold shoulder take
stranger points at his coat of rags
and muttered in a confident tone

‘you thought you failed, sir
but you earned my respect’

just when one thought one’s a mess,
a stranger walks into the cabin of self pity,
falls on one’s feet,
and like Elisha, requests a double portion.

I never knew this mantle here despised
could make waters take sides

thank you stranger

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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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