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2013 VOF Week 2 Assignment - At the Roadside

On the roadside the junction to be precise puzzled
Forty kilometers from my maiden home
Nine kilometers from my marital home
In the rain i stood
As the sun set
How will she feel?
And what about them
Public opinion meant nothing,
But mama, papa and children.

The heartache was to continue
This time from outside
A suit case, a plastic bag with shoes
The only memoirs of 12 youthful years of energy and hard work
No tears could come
Dry as pressing for water out of a rock
Twelve years it was
All liquid was depleted from glands

Stable the virus, spared me
In court the children I sought, in vain
But not property
Despite the union factor to-date
Character marred by the years of pain and separation
evidence in their actions
The ex can not provide
The beast of burden I stand firm
Comfort zone in the presence of my offspring’s
No worry, education set me forth
Mother was but a shield and strength despite the age of ‘no women in school’
Income is forthcoming
Life skills inherent
Utmost God’s providence

I lack avenue
Rather I thought no available avenue to change the world
World pulse a reminder
Procrastination has to end
Share your soul and mind

The world catching fire with virus
Four hundred new infections daily on the map
Treatment a luxury for less than half
Information the missing link
Airtime now available on world pulse
An amazing and timely opportunity
An alpha and yet if purposive the omega for change

This heals the thirsty
Year by year of yearning it has been
A vintage for restoration and satisfaction
Another change in person or other,why not!
A classroom of miracles
Spider house for questions, acquaintances and solutions
Rest at last
A call, a point of no return
A new wave of action
Woman take the charge!!!!!!!!!!!!!


JaniceW's picture


This is so powerful. I was drawn in from the first line. You have a beautiful way of capturing the challenges of your time and place.Your words are at once thought-provoking, disturbing and healing. Keep writing!

p.s. If this is for VOF, please edit it so that it is tagged: 2013 VOF Week 2. That will ensure it contributes to your application.

ikirimat's picture

OMG Flavia, Your poem tells

OMG Flavia,
Your poem tells the story in just a few lines. Yes world Pulse is here to help you heal.
I love it

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

ikirimat's picture


Re do tagging if its for 2013 VOF

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

sherises's picture

Your story gives me "goose bumps".

Oh, Flavia....

Your writing not only gave me the goose bumps, but also took my breath away. As I write this I feel the burning in eyes as the tears rush in...

The virus has taken a terrible swath through your country, among others, and changed the future of generations to come - what few there may be.

I am so pleased that you have found the World Pulse community, and that it comes as a place of healing and safety. Keep expressing yourself with your poetry. You ROCK at it. :)

Best to you,

every day go out of your way to do something kind

Tait's picture

Woman Take Charge!


Thank you for sharing your story through poetry.

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