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Old Age! A Crime?

So much has happened around us
Serious maiming of ourselves
As if we will not grow old one day

Powerful hands that once nurtured us
Bathed us in their own basins without killing us
And fed our hungry bellies to grow

Legs that once carried us through difficult ways
Walked miles unmeasured to safeguard us
Their bodies as our grass to step to grace

Eyes that once taught us silent speeches
Trailed our vulnerable steps to wisdom
Witnessed ungrateful generations uncharted

Ears that once listened to our wrath
Carried us on their falling backs without complaint
Our weight bending their waist to lynching mobs

Sons and daughters of her herd
Has sorted her old life out in disgrace
Tagged as witch overnight

Our vulnerable aged in society
Who has no wealthy pillars to lean on
Condemned to witchery at will

Breathe! Breathe! Youth and Adults of today
Who points fingers at the aged
They may be abstract, you are the whole chapter

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This is a conversation between the CHILD and the BOOK which the writer sees as the god of Knowledge. The child in his quest for knowledge went to the house of the god of knowledge (Library). Hence, this conversation erupted


CHILD: Book! Book!!
Wisdom of the
Open the door for
Are you not my
Why are you
treating me like
an imp?
Would you not
allow me come

BOOK: Who is knocking
on my door?
I will allow you
come in
If you value me
like salt and
taste me like
If you know my
worth and value
Did you come
with my CAP and

CHILD: Which CAP and
Are you not my
Why are you
treating me like
an outcast?
As if we are not
friends again

BOOK: Because you are
not studious
I will only open
the door for you
If you learn to
study my
behaviour with the
I gave to you

CHILD: Please unlock
the door for me
I will learn to use
the CAP to read
and store you up
And the TAIL to
write in class


By Dim lfeanyichukwu

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