In “Essay of a Broken Boy,” Aloysius S Harmon Jr writes in a melancholic tone that evokes sadness and provokes reflection. He narrates the misery that befalls victims of war and the suffocating uncertainties the survivors must deal with. In this poem, a broken boy finds himself drowning beyond rescue.

Kwaghkule, Jacob – Contributing Editor (Poetry) 

Essay of a Broken Boy

there’s a boy whose body is fragile and craving to break into water.









his hand up to his neck & his body clucked against the floor. he knows how to survive without breathing. see, we, too, are products of mysteriousness. when a flower thrived old and trapped in dust along the roadside, that reminds me of how we become when our fathers left to fight during the war and never returned. there are days we learn to survive & days that ate us up.

Contributor’s Bio

Aloysius is an emerging writer and poet from Liberia. His poems have been published in the synchronized chaos’ magazine, eve poetry, spill words, Willi wash, poetry soup, and elsewhere. He is forthcoming in Breaking The Silence Anthology. He can be contacted via email at

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