Anhedonia│John Dele


nothing good ever comes easy
isn’t it only human then,
to distrust this breathing

and this is how the world stops spinning

a girl, 23, asks the morning for peace

takes a peek at God’s window &
tosses him the heavy things

forgiveness is a balm
easier to rub on others than oneself

there is a word for the fear you feel
when you see happiness coming

anhedonia makes perfect sense to me

because life has broken us too many times
to offer itself as compensation

but what do i know
i am just a pretentious boy

leaning on the precipice
of verbiage

John Dele is an adventurer of the self. He questions life, love, God and language – these have come to form the general subject of his writing.
When he’s not writing poetry, he’s working with brands to create stories that endear them to their audience, browsing Pinterest, visiting places, or exchanging football banters. You can connect with him on social media @temmywrites. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

Lake Adedamola is a poet, writer, and editor with Nantygreens, who's worked with several other literary blogs including Brittle Paper. He has, since 2018, served in various capacities on the Lagos International Poetry Festival, LIPFest, team.

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