christine ogutu


Street Child - Poem by christine ogutu

Mommy and daddy died
So I took to streets
Damping sites became my kitchen
Flies and stink, my only hope
I wish mommy and daddy were here!

Crying in the lonely streets
Where life has no mercy
Every night the skin freezes
No hat to shelter
Not even food to stomach

The hope of the society
As they say I am
So innocent but life so cruel
World of hypocrites in pretence of love
Yet they smile in our tribulations
They swallow all for the orphans
In the name of protection

In the nights am a hawker
Potential buyers claiming my innocence
Making me a den of diseases
I lose my dignity
To the big horses
Some throw me to their windows
Others, watch with no help
Surely, have you no mercy?


I yearn for that day
When freedom will cast my way
And fly my hopes to the sky
A day in time when ill call mommy
And Daddy would be waiting for my embrace
That day when the world
Shall applaud to child rights.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

what inspired me on this was the street children that i interact with every single day. they give reasons why they prefer the streets than being at home. some of them are victims of rape, drugs, child labour and even lack the right of a child to education. let us rehabilitate the children and give them shelter and parental love. let us not despice them but instead empower them to be respected people in the society. let us promote child rights!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 28, 2012


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