Wale Smyle

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I Am Hustle

I am hustle
The calling of the bus conductor shouting from dawn to dusk
I am hustle
The B.Sc. holder working in a kiosk
I am hustle
The Y boy sitting next to the computer striking and clicking keys day and night hoping for the hayday
I am hustle
The punter hoping tomorrow will be a good day
I am hustle
The practical girl waiting along the high way like an hitchhiker
I am hustle
The echoing sounds of the market women reaching out to customers
I am hustle
The voices of the hawkers on the street
I am hustle
The okada man riding from lanes to streets
I am hustle
The words of a young writer longing to be publish
I am hustle
The dream waiting to flourish
I am a hustler
Restless days and night
I am a hustler
Though am weak still I’ll strive
I hustle because life is tussle

Submitted: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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  • Gold Star - 6,894 Points Bri Edwards (2/12/2014 4:34:00 PM)

    The Y boy sitting next to the computer striking and clicking keys day and night hoping for the hayday

    i think you want to use heyday, not hayday:

    The practical girl waiting along the high way like an hitchhiker .....here in u.s. i would write highway.... one word
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FROM ONLINE SITE:
    noun: heyday; plural noun: heydays

    the period of a person's or thing's greatest success, popularity, or vigor.
    the paper has lost millions of readers since its heyday in 1964
    synonyms: prime, peak, height, pinnacle, summit, apex, acme, zenith, climax, high point; More
    day, time, bloom, flowering;
    prime of life, salad days, halcyon days, glory days
    during his heyday, he was quite the matinee idol

    late 16th cent. (denoting good spirits or passion) : from archaic heyday! , an exclamation of joy, surprise, etc.
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    The words of a young writer longing to be publish..............i would write longing to be published OR longing to publish

    [[ i'm only offering suggestions from my point of view ]]

    I hustle because life is tussle.............i've rarely dealt with the word tussle and it didn't sound 'right' to me. i guess i thought a tussle was not so tough, but i looked up its definition and find that it fits very well in your poem. BUT i would put a tussle instead of tussle. i have sometimes left out little words [like a] in my poems but then added the little words because [for some reason] the line(s) sound better after adding the little word(s) .
    it was interesting that you switched from using I am hustle to I am a hustler. i think i get it.
    i like the message and the way you expressed it. is the girl waiting along the high way a prostitute, hustling for business?
    i have never hustled, in any way. i guess i have been fortunate to get by. it's not that i haven't been conscientious, mind you! thanks for sharing. i hope any (legal?) hustling you do pays off. i hope YOU get your heyday.
    bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 172 Points Siyabonga A Nxumalo (11/25/2011 2:08:00 AM)

    'the dream waiting to flourish,
    i am a hustler,
    i hustle because life is a tussle..'

    wonderful rhyme on this poem Wale... (Report) Reply

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