Dare to smile for a while, care to laugh
Sweep away gloom, keep enough room
Wake up hope, break down sadness enough
When souls cry for a joy broom.
Boys in their fathers' moulds grow
Recycling habits and tidbits seen
Enacted as fathers punches at mothers throw
As fathers' tantrums grow mean.
Gender bias and paternalistic culture pigeon-hole women negatively,
Numbs reason into submission,
Drives misogyny forward,
In your heart, harbor no malice
In your demeanour, catalyse amity
In your attitude, condone justice
To enliven the leaven of your community.
Surrender your burdens
To the feet of providence
When down and out in gardens
Sweeping seas of indigence
Puny pride parades pomposity
Pounding its cherished chest in a quest
To increase celerity and luminosity
Thereby eating its substance and balance into a pesky pest.
Desire to forge ahead
Regardless of challenges that come your way
Devise winning strategies instead of banging your head
Against a wall yesterday or today.
In silence, I monitor an undernourished baby's cry
When a mosquito hovering near my mosquito net
Maneuvers near a cot to bite the baby and to fly a lie
In which the gnat believes when it misses the target.
Mike turns three years in twenty seventeen
A milestone in a young boy
Showing much cognitive promise and much clean
Zest to grow beyond a toy