I lie awake, watching the moonbeam
burst into my room through
I permit a traffic of thoughts
to travel on the highway in my head.
I starve myself of sleep and
worship the night.
I curse myself for breaking
in the face of adversity. I discard my
name and proclaim myself an
A war waiting to happen.
I weigh a ton, my heart has carried too
too much pain has huddled up
in my body.
I lie awake,
concluding that I am a lost battle.
That I have worshiped pain for too long.
Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie is a Nigerian poet who hails from a town in Eastern Nigeria. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Benin, Nigeria.
His poems have appeared or have been featured on Praxis Magazine Online, Antarctica Review, Storried, Pencillite, Blue Parrot Magazine and others.
He loves cats.