The lazy man’s mantra: ‘I can…but I won’t

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I love being tortured,
I love the anguish.
I know no pains…
I love hate but I’m peaceful.
Voice of Reason:
Beginnings are always scary
Blurry, unknown and atimes funny.
Endings are usually sad, 
but it’s the middle that counts.
I know, epic lines…
I hate this depression;
But the future ahead give me concern,
For a reason I really can’t discern,
A fear resides in me. I don’t understand;
They make me sick, your punchlines!
Voice of Reason:
You just have to give hope 
a chance to float up.
Listen silently, your inner echo
Man up!
Pull your tired frame up!
But I love the anguish,
look, the showers of sympathy
everyone seem to love me.
This pity party I can’t relinquish
for illusions I can’t even see.
Voice of Reason:
You just have to give hope 
a chance to float up…
you’re sinking in a sea of guilt.
I love this mud, 
it’s cool.
I’m making progress
Voice of Reason:
You’re matching on the spot.
You just have to give hope 
a chance to float up.
I can…but I won’t…
I will…try
but only when the fountain of sympathy runs dry.
– 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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