As I lie on this bleak carpet laid down on the street, its all dark in here and I can feel the chilly night freezing my thoughts. Only some heat from the nearby street light to boil my luke-warm tea and the round moon in the cloudless sky which only reminds me of the roti I haven't had in a while.
Did your shoulders fail to hold the sky? Or the weight of your caliginous dreams were too high? Was it lack of daily hunt Or the tired heart brunt?
What made you die? How did you die?
Media reported of cold weather Was it the heart that turned cold seeing your starved kids eye Or was it after your dying wife? Or was it the cold feet that turned down the rope thinking about the possible bright sky?
The endless battles you fought For a piece of bread, The battles you fought To keep the head high in the room of men The battles you fought With an uncomplaining heart
The battles you fought waiting for A Lily to bloom in a sticky mud bath
Until the trees turn leafless And hearts turn bare Until the art stiffened Until you were dead!
Yet, the question remains how did you die, oh poor man?
the_speccy_outsiderThe rhetoric in the end is powerful. A scintillating piece that speaks about a critical issue and how it is often ignored. Something that should get the much needed sympathy and sensitivity.
forestbornYou're being missed. Words tell to hold onto hope. January reminds of a lost poet. Summer is one feet away. Pathetic rhymes are dying. Don't bring me plastic smiles. Rain is all that need, an autumn of poetry to end the drought.
Hundreds of people But not a single human Beside a road, I saw a face smiling through the corners of pain Torned dirty clothes, messy hair said everything what she was trying to hide Wrinkles on her skin were speaking about her journey but, She did a mistake, She expected humanity from the people around her But she forgot that these are monsters behind the mask of human Many people noticed her,but still their heart didn't ache As they have covered their hearts from sheath of coldness She didn't saw me ,as she was gazing people around her, She was as old as my granny, A women begging for a penny It has been minutes,but I can't take my eyes off her face I felt like she was begging for kindness She was begging for a joyful touch As I took my steps towards her She lifted her face ,but her eyes weren't with hope As she has lost hope in humanity I checked by bag,founded a ten rupee note, Without any delay I just handed it to her with a smile on my face (But then I thought that I am wearing a hijaab on my face,and she will not be able to see my smile::these words were in my mind ) But I was glad that she noticed my eyes smiling And she gave me a smile in return She lifted her hands to give me blessings, And that moment, I realized something,that just with a note of 10 ,today i have purchased that priceless solace ,I was craving for Her priceless blessings which will surely ease my problems I came back home, But throughput the day her face was still in my mind, For the first time I felt my solace in a stranger ^_^
soulfulstirringsThis is so heartfelt .. especially the third stanza and the ending .. no one deserves to sleep on an empty stomach .. as fellow human beings this is the least we can do for one another .
Despite all the questions you've asked, All the jokes they've cracked. All the rights they demanded, You still voted from them. Despite all the questions left, unanswered. All the words with it's true meanings, covered up and uncorrected. All the words that are buried, left to be never remembered. Yet, people rolled the night in a paper, and smoked it in a pipe. In memory of kidnapped children. Your kidnapped children, Our abducted children. Justice is requested, And all you told them was to go back to bed. How? Just how would they sleep?! When you hurt their softest feelings of love and trust, really deep?! Tomorrow would be better, Let's burn our light of hope and fill our thirst as we suffer. Youth jobless, graduates homeless. Yet, the orphans are left hopeless. In an independent state with democratic government. As if that wasn't enough, You still voted for them.
Just me pooling out my thoughts and feelings on Africa's government. We're built with Rich history, and blessed with human, material and natural resources. I still wonder why we're trying to limp when other continents are flying.
Years ago before the creation of man, the Almighty created 3 unique birds of different species namely; Vulture, Ground hornbill and Cattle geret.
They are all birds and Cattle geret is the least. The three of them were so poor and wretched, that they decided to pay the Almighty a visit for help. When they got to the heavens, He gave one of them and amount of money to use it down on earth. So he commented them into the world to spend the money however they want. When the vulture got into the world, it lavished the money on bean-cake. The vulture rushed home and filled it's empty stomach till it was filled up and satisfied. The ground hornbill on the other hand bought pap and took it all alone.
Cattle geret was the least of them. He took a deep thought on how to spend the money. The bird finally came up with an idea, it went out, gathering all other poor and tiny birds to have a yeast with him. He brought a lot of fruit juice and they all enjoyed themselves.
After their sojourn in the world, the Almighty asked them to pay him a visit to give account of how they have all spent their money. The Almighty faced the vulture and asked; "how did you spend your money?"
It told the Almighty; "I bought bean-cake to quench my hunger. I'm very grateful and well satisfied, my lord."
The Almighty smiled and faced the ground hornbill, to also give account on the money it received. It responded that it took paper and got satisfied afterwards. The Almighty, then faced Cattle geret.
It craved the indulgence of the Almighty, faced back and called other birds. Of course, they all wanted to give gratitude to their provider as well. They all looked happy, satisfied and grateful and they had followed Cattle geret. It told the Almighty; I came across these other birds and bought fruit juice. We all drank it together ourselves. We drank till our fullest and we're all satisfied. After saying this, it faced the other tiny birds and ordered them to thank their the Almighty. Other birds bowed and prostrated. They were all excited to show gratitude and the Almighty was thrilled.
The Almighty faced the vulture and told it; You were selfish in spending your money alone. From now on, you'll have a bald head. That is why vultures have bald head today.
The Almighty moved to the ground hornbill and said. You're greedy to take the pap all alone and the Almighty pronounced go it redisease on it. And so it has been till this day. It has that disease under it's throat that is incurable.
Then, Almighty turned to Cattle geret that stood with other birds and announced in a very pleased tune; You are kind and generous. From today henceforth, all birds will always accomplish you wherever you go. You'll be a leader that would be given by others. If you look up to the sky during sunset, you'll see all those birds flying together. There used to be a very tiny bird leading those birds called evening lilies. They accompany the day during the evening. They're the most honoured of all birds you'll ever see.
Here's a short story, from my books, UNDER THE AFRICAN SKY on Wattpad. I decided to share with you. It's a short story that speaks about kindness and love. Especially when you have none. Be kind at your poorest times, and love others even though the world is against you. Love and kindness is the greatest virtue of all. This is also a myth/folklore.