Akwu Sunday Victor

Street Children By Akwu Sunday Victor - Poem by Akwu Sunday Victor

Street children by Akwu Sunday Victor

Rummaging through rubbish piles
For sellable and recyclable iron and aluminum wares
They go about with trays on their heads
Tattered clothes their clothing

Girls and boys, wandering aimlessly
School bells toll beckoning students to school
But they run on the streets blocking traffic
With rusted bowls, begging for ten naira

Then, Others brought to school in tinted glassed cars
Others travelled abroad, the children of Senators
And Governor’s and Ministers, and Founders
These children on the streets, abandoned
These children sleeping under bridges, we don’t care
These children without parents and families
We left them to their fates,

We sleep in tall fenced houses, they sleep in mosquito
Infested shacks in the marketplace
Our children go to school
While they beg and steal to survive
Their parents we all blame
“Why do you born what you can’t breed? ”
The more they spill into the streets
And garages, and gutters
Begging and living on the coins we tossed
At them, the more the devil employs them

The world is sitting on a keg of bomb
Pull them off the streets and rehabilitate them
Pull them off the gutters to school
Pull them off the doldrums into the light
The 21st century civilization promises
Wars have made millions of children hopeless
And homeless

Some greedy political gladiators caused
Greedy for power, wealth and fame
They armed these children as ‘child soldiers’
Unleashing them upon the society that has rejected them
Look to it before the world goes up in flames…
The Thrust of my Songs
I do not sing for those with Muse’s ears
And not for pieces of metals and woods and parchments

Topic(s) of this poem: haiku

Form: Haiku

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Children are spilling into the streets of Africa. and indeed the world and the world is doing nothing about it. The truth is, these children are becoming danger to mankind. They are used as child soldier and other form of destructive agents we must rise up now or later may be too late.

Comments about Street Children By Akwu Sunday Victor by Akwu Sunday Victor

  • Chinedu Dike (9/4/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    A beautiful depiction of the deplorable lives of street kids, who are compelled by absolute necessity to fend for themselves in jungle socioeconomic environments. A well articulated piece of poetry, insightfully penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing Akwu and do remain blessed. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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  • Akintoye Temitayo (9/3/2015 5:22:00 AM)

    wow this is lovely..nice poem (Report) Reply

  • G. Akanji Olaniyi (9/2/2015 8:02:00 AM)

    Nice composition! ! ! tfs! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Alexandro Johns (9/1/2015 8:04:00 PM)

    Everything in this great poem is truth. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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