Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

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The Pityfulness Of The Pitiful - Poem by Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

In a bustling open market
Before sunset
In buyers
And sellers heart
Seeking a place
An emaciated old beggar
With a weather-worn face
Was pitifully collecting alms
Putting on tattered clothes.

Soon in a tear-jerking
And heart-wrenching manner
A poor blind boy
Playing a flute
Singing a song strong
Titillating everyone's heart
Invoked sympathy with art
'It was
On a cursed morn
Blind, to a pauper family
I was born!
If given a steal
Bread to eat,
How could I
Despise it? '

With no need for
A second thought
Deducting from what
The hardest way he got
Touched, the old beggar
Gave the sight
Deprived boy
A one Birr note
Though both were
On the same boat!

The pitiful have pity!
Is the lesson,
among vendors and buyers
The incident drove home
Before draws nigh gloam!

Topic(s) of this poem: sad


Poet's Notes about The Poem

What I observed and reflected

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 29, 2015


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