kelvin karani

I Should Have Written A Letter - Poem by kelvin karani

I should have written a letter
To you Mr. President. But time
And thought disagreed with me.
I had my pencil and piece of paper
(The things whose cost is affordable)
And my bony mass was rested on a rock.

It would have been a short letter
Without your address or mine
Anyway, who would have needed them?
You know where I stay, and yes,
I know (like everybody else) where you stay.

I wanted to remind you of the
Things you said earlier. Water, electricity
Jobs, sanitation, housing, education…
You said so much Mr. President
And all I wanted to do was remind you
(Just incase you hadn’t forgotten)

Perhaps, if strength and courage
Would have permitted me,
I would also have mentioned
The rising insecurity and food scarcity
I would have noted also
That business in the morgues is up!
(We aren’t doing badly!)

My letter Mr. President
Blurred out of my mental sight
Like a mirage. Here now, gone
In the next minute. So I wrote
You this poem, because time,
Strength and courage permitted me.

Your guards will tell you
‘It came from the mad man’
And yes, that will be the truth.
For to be unlike you, and the others,
Is to be mad. Consider it a gift
From the mad people you rule.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 11, 2009

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