Treasure Island

Barak Al'Mondia

(10th July 1983 / Nairobi)

ZEBRA AND THE DONKEY.


So the Zebra said to the donkey,
“Welcome to my terrain,
To a life without pain,
To rain falling on your back- before
Hitting the Serengeti Plain,
To life without labor,
To glamour and loafing in the sun,
Be wise and leave your stupid life with man.”

And the donkey replied,
“Your stripes maybe a sign of beauty,
Mine are a sign of pain,
If I left my life with man it is you he would tame,
Thus every time I labour consider it a favor,
‘Cause I know you cannot walk in my hoofs,
Besides, I cannot live in glamour nor can I stay aloof,
I am a beast of burden,
Not as a punishment but out of love,
For before we came to earth, when we were still in heaven above,
This, dear brother, was meant to be your duty,
But out of love I chose to live in captivity,
And have you live free roaming the Serengeti! ”

The Zebra started to weep and moan,
As he did, the black ran and stained its white.
Soon it looked just like the donkey in a dirty grey,
It dawned on him that inside each Zebra is a Donkey,
And each stripe was not a sign of beauty but of the prison bars,
That kept the donkey imprisoned inside,
And gave the Zebra the undue freedom to ride.

Submitted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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