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TEARS OF A VILLAGE GIRL

Tears,
I have tears,
Tears, behind my eyes,
I often think of using them,
But then, I think!
Tears will not free my village,
From poverty!

Think of those in my village,
Where babies are born at home,
Without any medical attention,
Where the traditional midwives use their gloveless hands,
To hold them as they leave their mothers’ wombs!

Take a walk around, and tell me what you see,
The mound of dirt, is it not a grave?
A fresh grave! Wait wait wait!
Those are two graves, a man and his wife,
Orphans they left? Six!
The same story in almost every homestead.
The guardian? Grandma, Grandpa or no one!

Tears, my God,
Who do I cry to?
Education, cut short!
Empty stomachs, every night!
Nakedness, no money for clothes but rags,
Shillings? Only in my dreams,
Laughter, I can’t remember how!

Dawn has come,
My resolve, to be empowered,
My children, avoid my footsteps,
It might have tarried,
But you will never shed my kind of tears, as long as I live!
Let us learn, let us fight,
Fight for those at home,
In my village!
The weapon? Education!

Comments

Dear Phionah

Those words touched my heart.
education for all is what will take us towards development.
Keep up your efforts

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Phionah Musumba's picture

Sad

Hey, Aminah,
It is so sad that education, which in this era and time should be a human right, still eludes the poor. Thanks again for reading and commenting on my post, its very encouraging and inspiring.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Jensine's picture

Incredible!

Dear Phionah -

This poem is brilliant. I love it. You have a great talent for poetry. Don't stop speaking your truth in this way, it is a great gift for the world.

Love,

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thankyou!

Dear Jensine,

I am humbled that you took the time out of your busy schedule to read and comment on my poem. It is not only encouraging, but inspiring in a big way.

I promise to continue raising my voice until something happens in a huge positive way.

Thanks again.

Warmest regards,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Sangita Thapa's picture

Brilliant!

Dear Phy, your poem is just brilliant. Your every word, every phrase has inspired each one of us to fight, to persist and come out victorious! Wonderful! Keep writing dear.

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thankyou!

Hey, Sangita,

Just the fact that you took the time to read and comment on my poem is inspiring enough. It is also very encouraging to know that my words had an impact on the reader.
Thanks again, and all the best.
Love you too,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

The power of words is like the tongue of fire ,lets burn bugs and beattles of injustice and inhumanity.

Mbizo Chirasha
International Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects Specialist
Founder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank YOU!

I believe everyone here is an advocate.
Thanks.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

yes the will not ,but the twinkling stars of hope ,we all fall lets rise wipe dust granules from our bras and knees and move on. lberation is now.

Mbizo Chirasha
International Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects Specialist
Founder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project

Phionah Musumba's picture

Not Really!

However many oceans of tears we shed, without meaningful action, we're always going to be in the bondage of poverty.
Thanks.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

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