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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.

Boy Echo

by Michael Akuchie

boy is single      boy is a no-name town     he kisses death welcome

or desolation      boy is allergic to sunlight      boy wears darkness

on a starry night     boy is dewy eyed     happiness is a fuel emptied

out &    & so he dates a cigarette     rolls up a miracle    comfort dressed

in smoke     boy calls out frustration    aloneness too &   & sadness

he mourns their roasting flesh     smell of worlds burning    worlds

boy has been cursed to tour    boy is a mixed feeling     warm with

love      cold with unmatched silence

boy does not continue like life     on stormy nights he visits depression

understands the language of a life torn apart    boy sails on smoke

bursts into light    & takes up the role of an echo     boy is louder now

a ghost town      capable of a deafening silence

Header photograph © Asher.

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  1. Joseph Chimezie

    Michael writes in an unexplainable manner. I have read poems, real good poems but there is this thing his poems do to my soul. They can be anything you want them to be; music, pillow, food, company or a friend…. Michael’s voice is as exciting as his poems are refreshing. I can’t ever stop reading him, it’d mean death to my mind. This, right here, is poetry. Keep writing, young powerful poet. You’re fearless and we can see that in yiur poems.

  2. Michael Akuchie

    Michael Akuchie

    Thank you.

    Thank you!

  3. Michael Akuchie

    Michael Akuchie

    Thank you! ❤

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