Treasure Island

Chanda Nsofu

(Kasama, Zambia)

Voicelessness


Poverty makes the poor voiceless
It muffles their mouths
like a kidnapper muffles
the mouth of his victim
Whatever the poor say
does not matter
No matter how true it is
No matter how wise it is
The poor are not consulted
on their concerns
as if they are dead
Money talks on and on
while the poor are forced to listen on
Poverty makes the poor voiceless

Submitted: Thursday, July 16, 2009

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