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THE PLEA

Growling roars from the North end
Successive streaks split the darkening sky
Deafening explosions triply bang
Mountains tremble, the earth quakes
Hanging calabashes fall with a clang
Squeaking rats hide in rafters in the huts
The little child whispers, “Maama, I want to pee”
Couples spend sleepless nights and postpone their love
Waiting uneasily for crumbling of the sky.

And then thunder strikes!
Half the roof is gone
Stampeding commotion reigns.
Father forgets son
Husband forgets wife
Mother misses child and picks cat
Terror tears the family asunder.

And tomorrow reveals all-
Two or three kids perching on mothers
Students carrying tin trunks
All smeared with dust and sweat, worn with footing;
Cowherds forcing forward tired and hungry brutes
Mooing and moaning with weariness.

Schools and colleges eventually close
Classrooms and churches serve as interim
Dwelling for the fleeing
Military lorries groan hurriedly by
Laden with human ruins.

The war rages on
Towns are ravaged
Buildings are blown recklessly
The daring scamper with the loot
From shop, school, hospital …

The city is taken
The government intervenes
And finally the oppressor is hunted
Though oppression
Remains…

Comments

Jensine's picture

Stunning

This took my breath away. Gives me tremors. You have a gift, and clearly an experience .. to give the world.
Thank you for this astounding poetry. The pictures are stamped on my mind. Wow.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Jocelynbrazil's picture

Absolutely Amazing

This took my breath away as well. I read it twice to experience each word you crafted and image you designed a second time. It makes me want to read every story you've written. Please keep writing.
Thank you for your words,
Jocelyn

ENIE NDOH CECILE's picture

Wonderful

Lindah the poems was extremely great and wonderful.

All the best
Cecile

JaniceW's picture

So eloquent

The imagery you create is so powerful. Please join our Poetry group so that many more members can also share in your work. You can find them at:
http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/1317

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