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POEM 354: VANITY

the most impious of thoughts flooded my mind 
as I bowed the head to pray for you and I
blame the chilly harmattan breeze
that through my window panes, sneaked in
when i made to say the grace
the words below was what I said:
strike me as you would a match,
against the surfaces of your supple skin
strike me, please, not once, 
but many times, until we catch fire
when I was done, with my refrain
I swear I heard heaven chorus ‘amen’
the most impious of thoughts flooded my mind 
as I bowed the head to pray for you and I
I feel holy still
because ’tis natural this vanity, to crave

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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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