PAPER TRAINS LITERARY JOURNAL
Boy is Bold and Beautiful
By Michael Akuchie
The boy is sorry for not breaking,
he does not wear the grief of a bad day.
He digs into his name,
pulls out a history of defiance &
promises to remain untouched by a nosy society.
The boy plays with his hair,
teaches it how to walk backwards,
to not answer the call of straightness.
The boy slips a lollipop inside his mouth,
colours tongue with a rainbow's skin.
Boy as a flower decorates his body with thorns,
hugs society so it can express shock in a trail of blood.
The boy belongs in a garden of other boys,
where sunlight holds out its hand,
& everybody testifies to being sun kissed.
Here, fires don't find the motivation to begin,
& while God watches,
one boy's mouth embraces our boy dearly.
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