A poem on the starving millions of Africa!

SS Kumar By SS Kumar, 19th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1wzj2k85/
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One of my overseas friend posted an appaling photo of a skin and bone African child today. I could not resist penning my heart's feelings:

The dark continent!

I land in the dark continent,
Many skeletons to help me with the luggage,
Place of stay opulent indeed,
Only men missing to shove,
The mashed food, in my hungry gaping mouth;

I am here and so are others,
Few faces grim and many with laughter,
Drowning the deafening silence of my sombre mood,
The clinks of the glasses filled with the choicest wines,
Belying the calamity that has struck all around;

I sneak out to see and feel the pain,
Skin it seems , a mere coat for the dried bones,
The bulging eyes, frigid like stoned,
Spine and pelvis sprouting from the dried out belly,
What cursed you, my moist eyes thinks to find;

Many bodies lie in dried faeces,
Some wet in their own fluids,
Accentuated are the colour of their skin,
By the swarm of disappointed angry flies,
Finding no blood the bodies, starved of food;

Water to drink, I find not a drop,
A small child crawling to the dirty puddle,
No one around to bury the dead,
Healthy dogs and vultures around,
Not ever squabbling, with their food abound;

My emotions dry as my tears,
Deep guilt I now profess,
Whatever these million did,
To invite an eternal wrath and unending misery,
I ask the distant, uncaring and busy God;

I am back at the endless table,
Laid with the choicest wines and food,
The despot rulers making many billions,
Trading their minerals and their minions,
Their lay the dark continent, darker it lay!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Needed highlight Kumar. When America asks the big banks for the account details of their citizens, they fall in line. They get fined and pay without a second thought. When billions are stolen from poor countries the same banks act without conscience telling them to take a hike! That is the root of the problem.

I always remember with guilt a child breaking stone under a hot sun in India and when asked how much he gets paid, he says kuch nahein - nothing! I carry the collective guilt and the feeling of helplessness - siva

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author avatar SS Kumar
19th Jan 2015 (#)

It is heart-wrenching to see some of the photos. You lose faith in the hypocrite humanity!

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author avatar SS Kumar
19th Jan 2015 (#)

It is heart-wrenching to see some of the photos. You lose faith in the hypocrite humanity!

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author avatar GenkiWorld
19th Jan 2015 (#)

this was so touching to read and all so true, their situation is so depressing and unfair while so many of us throw food away every day they wish they could have just a pinch of what twe throw away

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author avatar Shamarie
19th Jan 2015 (#)

I love the emotion and tone of this poem, SS Kumar! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar SS Kumar
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank youGenkiWorld for the appreciation. God Bless you!

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author avatar SS Kumar
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie for your feelings. God bless you!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Jan 2015 (#)

very touching and the way you describe it it is pure gold, that hopefully can reach the millions that are starving

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author avatar SS Kumar
21st Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for your kind feelings!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Jan 2015 (#)

This is so very sad to me. May God send blessings to all that are in need. Congratulations on being author of the day.

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author avatar SS Kumar
21st Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy for your kind words. Hope the situations changes, and people get two square meals a day to survive like all other humans!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
21st Jan 2015 (#)

Splendid poetry! simply SPLENDID!

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author avatar Youlen
21st Jan 2015 (#)

So touching...well done!

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author avatar Denise O
21st Jan 2015 (#)

I thought to myself, why not add the photo of the child and then I went on down the page, no need... I saw, so sad. God bless them and God bless you. Thank you for sharing. :)

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author avatar SS Kumar
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

Dear Saigon, thank you for your kind words! God bless you!

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author avatar SS Kumar
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

Dear Youlen, thank you for your kind words. God bless you!

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author avatar SS Kumar
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

Dear Denise, I am touched by your kind words. Though the reality is glaring, the continent continues to suffer from civil wars, poverty, terrorism et al! God bless you!

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author avatar Jenny Heart
29th Jan 2015 (#)

I love how poetry can turn out so differently from the same topic. I may write something with more or less of an impact on the same subject for the poem. This is amazing how you captured the frail and starved people. very sad! They need our prayers. I am a follower of yours now

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author avatar SS Kumar
29th Jan 2015 (#)

Dear Jenny, I am truly touched and blessed. I am not a poet but simply pen down my spontaneous feelings. Your appreciation is motivating. Regards

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