Kenneth Maswabi

Gold Star - 16,829 Points (Maun, Botswana)

The Journey Of Life - Poem by Kenneth Maswabi

the passing of seasons
has taught us well
permanently marking us
some on the face
others on the hearts
and plenty others on the soul
they left none untouched

the passing of years
brought us laughter
sorrow and misery
we saw the birth of HIV/AIDS
we saw it crawl
and we saw its first steps
we saw its first teeth
and we saw its first mark
as it brought death
and more death
with no family spared
young and old
girl or boy
man or woman
the wise and the fool
the teacher and the pastor
no where to hide
no where to run
we were cornered
but not defeated
not finished
we fought back
we rose
with swords
with shields
with guns
we rose
in defiance
our defence
we survived

the passing of times
Tossed us to and from
the poverty pit
with education
hope came
and we dreamed
with jobs
more hope came
and we forgot
then came debts
and more debts
and we cried
in hunger

the passing of seasons
has brought bright skies
and black clouds
that crowded my thoughts
and kept me busy
sometimes in silence
at times wild
in anger
and despair
and defeated
yet it also freed my heart
allowing me to love
as I discovered
my inner jewel
my heart
my spirit

The passing of age
brought us wisdom
and misery
and hope
and more misery
and more hope
as we saw our sons born
our daughters married
and our grandchildren grow
we saw the death of loved ones
and the death of our enemies
we cried
and cried
we graduated
we grew
we aged
with new challenges
and impotence
and fragile
and demented

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 3, 2015

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