there’s a boy sitting by the road
he’s looking at what I do not know

he’s not looking at the sun and gathering clouds
fighting over territories in the sky,
because there’s no flicker of awe in his eyes

he’s not looking at birds perching on trees
flapping wings in the winds
and floating effortlessly in the air,
because he’s not a bit amused

there’s a boy sitting by the road,
looking at a future because last night was a nightmare

there’s a boy sitting by the road,
resuming another loop of hunger pangs,
patched lips and outstretched hands

there’s a boy sitting by the road,
why dash past him with a straight face?

there’s a boy sitting by the road,
don’t you notice his fading frame?

there’s a boy sitting by the road,
a drop from your tap of goodwill would do.

#Pengician #SSA

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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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