Leadership Poem by Akhtar Jawad


Rating: 5.0

Neither dawn is ours nor dusk is ours,
still I go,
from morning to evening,
sitting at a dark street,
saluting every one who passes by,
hoping someone will lit a candle in the dark.
I have a stale bread in my hand,
a shirt of faded colors and below is a lion cloth,
that is failing to hide my ugly nudity.
My children have slept after crying in hunger.
In my hut there is no electricity no water.
One who robbed the nation and was killed,
is called a martyr a great leader.
One the money launderer,
who has bank accounts in the foreign countries,
and factories abroad,
is my gentle leader,
who has made the nation almost bankrupt.
The hunger that had constrained the old man
the monologue, drawn attention of an armored vehicle,
the officer told his men to straight the bent body of the old man,
and ordered his men to see if he is an enemy's agent
or a terrorist.
The missing person was at last found behind the bars
of a mental hospital.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: leaders
Loke Kok Yee 25 August 2016

Power brings out the worst in a person regardless of color, caste or creed! Thank you sir for this enlightening write

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Rajnish Manga 22 August 2016

The agony of a common man comes alive in your words. I agree with the what Kelly has said.

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Nosheen Irfan 21 August 2016

What a thought-provoking piece. It's political satire at its best. Truth laid bare.10

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Kelly Kurt 21 August 2016

A sad commentary but an all too prevalent occurrence. It seems no country is immune.

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