Patrick Utitufon


Another's Concern - Poem by Patrick Utitufon

Can I see a child in pain
Restrain myself for want of gain?
Can I see a friend in grief
Not seek for his quick relief?
Can I see a neighbor in sin?
Can I watch him utter foul din?
Regarding reputation
Not pray for his soul's salvation?
Or can I see a rising star bent
And not give my kind consent?

No, no can it be
Never, never can it be


Would a hungry child who seeks for bread
from his father receive a stone instead?
How true is it that a father sees his son in need
and a mother knows her child cannot feed
But reluctantly sits
And contented eats?

No, no can it be
Never, never can it be


Would a brother see a brother drowning
Would a sister watch a see frowning
Without offering a helping hand
And let them strand?

No, no can it be
Never, never can it be


Can a friend betray a friend?
Or let him towards evil bend
One with whom he shares every secret
Continually without seeking retreat?

No, no can it be
Never, never can it be


Can the Sun by herself rise
When not pleasing to the Creator's eyes?
Can the Moon shine her light bright
If not to her Maker's delight?

No, no can it be
Never, never can it be


Why then do men with all their wealth
seek another's poor health?

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 19, 2013



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