By Kolade Olanrewaju

 

Father,
that malnourished child
who strums the guitar of hunger
on desolate streets of poverty
begs to feed on crumbs
falling off your golden table.
Don’t turn a blind eye!

Mother,
that wildly merchandised child
who makes your head dangle in shame
for womanhood, humanity and posterity
can still be tamed and saved.
Don’t turn a blind eye!

Humanity,
that homeless child
who wanders in the valley of negligence
beseeches you for a home, no, a crib…
don’t push him away!

Justice,
that abused child
is as defenseless as an orphaned chick.
Where are your wings, O Justice?
I rebuke your guilty silence!
Quit sitting on that towering fence
lest you fall into the rescuing hands
of injustice.

 

About the Poet

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom was born in the early ’90s in Osogbo, the
capital of Osun State, Nigeria. As a child, Kolade fell in love with
African literature. This inspired his passion for creative writing.
His literary works have appeared in such diverse publications as
global charity anthologies, magazines, websites and blogs. In 2013
Freedom was selected as a Pentasi B. World Featured Inspirational
Poet, an international honor based in the Philippines. He is also the
winner of the first edition of UK’s Write, Share, Be Read Poetry
Competition-Category A as well as an awardee of the Janet P.
Caldwell’s Essay Contest, underwritten by Inner Child Press (USA).
Kolade has authored two poetry collections, The Light Bearer and
Punctured Silence. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria where he
weaves words to educate and entertain his readers.

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