A Cry for Help

He sits quiet,
As quiet as a lion on the hunt,
Muscles taunt,

Senses heightened,
calm as a peaceful night
On the outside,
turbulent as a thunder storm
On the inside.

He politely smiles
To the conversations around him,
Whether in reference to him or not
He really could not tell
For although he sits among them
In obvious consciousness,
He is truly very far

He can't even  say why,
Or give an intelligent reprise
As to why such a plight he bears,
But all he can say is this
There's a river before him,
And he seems to be drowning
If you can, do save him.

He screams,
At the very top of his lungs,
An undignified expression of severe turmoil,
A desperate attempt to hold unto life,
But alas no help seems to come
For on the outside,
He sits peaceful with a smile on his face.

"Image courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net"

Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a writer, entrepreneur, blogger, public speaker and an all-round knowledge junkie who likes to view life from different angles.


  1. A God wise enough to rule the universe is wise enough to watch over His child, regardless of how things seem in the bleakest moments. A God wise enough to create you and the world you live in is wise enough to watch out for you.

  2. Wow!this describes a person I know very well.You cannever catch him not been peaceful on the outside whereas he is dieing on the inside.so my question is how do you help such a person?where he gives yoU the impression that its as cool and peaceful inside as it is on the outside.

  3. Hey Julian,the truth is that we are custodians of our own souls, you cannot help someone until the person opens up or allows you to help. As a relatively closed person myself I see my friends struggle to reach me when I'm down. My advice is, always let your friend know he is safe with you and you won't judge him, and that you know he is passing through challenges too even when he acts like nothing is wrong. Then be patient with him and when he is ready you will be his first call.