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You’d Still Be Lost

you’d stare at your diary like a hungry street boy lost in thought

you’d invoke words in your subconscious
but they will appear clad in insibidi
humming incantations alien to the lord’s prayer

you’d reach out for your laptop and fondle her power button
caress her desk top in search of a song
double click on it and flood your eardrums
with flavour’s ‘awele’ as your soul traverse
unholy lands, away from the burning bush

you’d sigh, chew on your tongue, grit your teeth and sip some spittle
say a prayer for your soul and question the gods a little

you’d fly on the wings of the afrobeat
expending your demons with every drumbeat
undressing your thoughts with every piano key

you’d think distant thoughts about him, her, them, it
and find yourself alone in the womb of life 

like it was before birth happened

you’d evaporate s l o w ly into slumberland
because a boy lost in wishes could only dream of tomorrow 

to rehearse again unwritten diary tales
encrypted with insibidi on the scrolls of self discovery


you’d still be lost

            i’m sorry

#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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