The Ocean in Your Eyes ~ Jay Precious

The day you were born,

You became a man.

So, when you crawl and hurt your knees

Do not move your lips nor make a sound.

Hold on child, men don’t cry.


The day you take your first step,

Is the day you become one with the struggles of life.

Do not feign annoyance when you trip and stumble,

Learn how to place your hands on the table of life and stand again;

That will be the first height you attain.


Weave your ego like baskets

And cover your fears with them,

Do not let the world see you as a weakling.

Do not let tears drop from your eyes,

Let no one know your fears.


Wear a smile even when you’re dying,

That’s how we know you’re a man.

Life is not a bed of roses,

So, when you fall, do not curse

Just rise.


The day you learn how to colour your walls with tears,

is the day you lose your manhood.

On nights when you go to bed with an empty stomach;

Don’t let the darkness know about the battle going on in your belly.

Teach your intestines how to be quiet.


The day you learn how to sketch lives

From the ink between a woman’s legs,

That day you become a god.

You stare at your reflection

And hit your chest the way men do after they win a war.


But the ocean in your eyes begs to flow when you hurt,

For waters must find their level.

Your skin tinges with the age-long buried pains

Behind your sealed lips are screams begging to be released.

You have been so strong for so long

Not knowing that it is okay to be a human, too.



Okeke Precious Ozioma is a young writer from Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. She is a 200level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; studying English Language and Literature. She has published some of her works on Tuck magazine, Poemify Magazine and WRR.

Photo Credit: Photo by Jimmy Jimmy from Pexels

3 thoughts on “The Ocean in Your Eyes ~ Jay Precious

  1. This is simply beautiful, and resonates with so much truth. The boy child is at war with himself. The quest of “being a man” and “being human” leaves him in a dilemma. To be or not to be, that is the question.


  2. It is rare to find people who understand the dynamics of gender, it is even much more rare to find people who lose gender expectations for Art’s sake, Okeke Precious is of rare stock.


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