I walk away


Ten nine eight seven

The countdown just began

Everyone praying to Heaven

Waiting, hoping, holding hands.

I’m rummaging through the crowd to find you

I see you in my future

I choose to see you

So I want to kiss you like couples do every new year to be sure

But 10% of me wants more

Wants more of the excitement you dull

Six, five, four

I see you now, your eye on the tree

So instead of kissing you into the new year

I walk away

Its hard but its better

Three, two, one

I close my eyes to open them in the new year

From today, I’m reaching for better.

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Pencilmarks and Scribbles Magazine was founded in 2017 by Clara Jack to be a home for African writers, asking them to come as they are and giving them room for growth. The publication aims to give back to the Nigerian Literary scene for the things it has given us.