Friday, 22 March 2013

Mummy, Please Wake Up!

You watched it in the news:
Stray bullet kills a mother
But you were reading the newspaper
So you flicked the channel
Looked for something more cheery
Because after all you had a long day

And that mother remained a statistic.

Of course, the Police Spokesman
Regretted the “unfortunate” incident
As armed robbers “had fierce gun battles”

Thus, that mother’s death
Drew a few lamentations here and a smirk there
Because she was a faceless woman.

Until I saw her son.

A cute, tender soul in Class Three.
That day, as her mother breathed her last
Between a Kiosk and raw sewage,
Her son tried to lift her up
Crying, “Mother, wake up, mum, let us go home...”
And as he upped his efforts,
He cried freely, swinging his mother’s lifeless arm.

That boy is an orphan now.

But again, he is a statistic, you know.
And he is faceless.
And somehow that makes us easy.

In response to Poets United's prompt Verse First -- REACTIONS


The Unknowngnome said...

Very very powerful. It is writing such as this that needs to take the place of media sound bites and buzz words that we now so easily tune out and in the process tune out life. Perhaps as people such as yourself come to power real change can be affected with words that truly mean something.
A great, great piece Salem.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

YES! What Steve said - this puts a face - and a heart - to the "news item". Well written, kiddo. So well said. Did you mean "as his mother breathed her last"?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

p.s. sometimes when the verification words are so blurred I cant see them, and it asks me to "please prove you're not a robot", I am tempted to write in "I cant". Hee hee.

Kim Nelson said...

This is one of the best responses to the prompt that I've read. It is also one of the best reactions to news and societal woes. Your ability to paint the picture and highlight the important details shine in this poem. Well written. I am so glad you shared it with us at Poets United.

McGuffy Ann said...

This is a very important reaction to the prompt. Well written.

echoesofthehill said...

Thank you so much, good friends and readers for your comments. I cherish them much.

Koko, sorry about that error. I will correct it. Need to do something about the verification codes.

McGuffy, welcome to echoes of the hills. Guests here are welcome by saying 'KARIBU' ( Kiswahili language).

TUG, thanks a lot. We need a human world.

Kim Nelson, thanks for that. Thank you for the prompt. It helped. :)

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