Raymond Favour is an 18-year-old from Ito, Ika Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
This smiling face camouflages a desert of grief- a heart bleeding from cuts engineered by scalpels clinging to the hand of people I tag loved ones.
You see, some nights, when sleep wonders upon my eyelids- I am drowning in an ocean where reeds reek of depression, and when I try to scream my own hands gag me.
Ever since, sleep has become a ritual that I am unwilling to perform. And when the sun goes down, so does my happiness.
I have lent my heart to the sun to scorch its gentleness. And my mind now sits safe in a vault of distrust.
They say my mind tripped into a game called anxiety, and all it does is joggle my brain around.
Raymond Favour is an 18-year-old from Ito, Ika Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He loves writing poems for the joy he derives from it. When he isn’t writing, he listens to music or plays games. This is his first publication.
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