Gariba Stephen

Rookie (11-03-1994 / Diaso-Central Region)

Experience Of A Sojourner - Poem by Gariba Stephen

I've traveled long and far
I've traveled short and near
I've seen and witnessed
So many injustice in all my travels
I've seen thieves jailing thieves
I've seen corrupt men putting their
Fellow corrupt men into trouble
With all these confusions in the world
I've never seen anyone trying
To make it right and comfortable

I've sat and dinned
I've met and discussed
Issues with so many men
And all these men seem to be
Confused of what they are doing;
Men killing their fellow men
Men dying as a result of wickedness
Inflicted on them by their fellow men
With all these immorality around
I've never seen the angels descending

I've seen and read
I've studied and taught
The book of life, happiness and joy
But none of the things I taught
Were taken seriously by the people I taught
The more I taught, the less I had the confidence to continue
The more they listened, the more they drowned
With all these misundertandings around
I've never seen the owner of the book
Coming down with anger and wickedness

I've been taught and lectured
About the book of life, happiness and joy
And all the things I learnt and studied
Proved nothing to me than 'patience'
'Patience' that exceeds all the gold in the mines
'Patience that amounts to total patience
With 'patience', all the wrongs around
All the immoralities around
All the injustice around
Would surely amount to endless joy.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 7, 2014

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