LAMENTATIONS. (When shall we heal; what shall we remember?)

 

 

 

I.
Leave me be, let my wounded heart bleed.
Did not your own eyes see the planted seed,
Dug out while yet a sapling in the soil;
There goes the reward for the farmers toil.

 

II.
What shall we say now to the little one,
Tugging teats from whom breath has gone?
And what shall we say to the grayed one,
Looking in the eyes of a breathless son?

 

III.
Say, is he blind that holds the harvest sickle?
Why doth he pluck fledgling stars, yet to twinkle?
Foolish farmer, hungry; he slaughters little chicks
And stuffs apples yet unripe, in his cheeks!

 

IV.
How many coins shall we barter for breath?
Gold or silver, what shall we give you, Death?
If your lips can mouth to us a mortal price
Shall we not pay, though you ask us thrice?

 

V.
How did we come to this market of death
Where unwanted goods are gifted free for all?
Even the one that holds an empty wallet
Gets 100% discount in each dreadful stall.

 

VI.
All are forced to swim in the raging river,
Though we wear no swimming pants.
Lucky are they that emerge with a shiver-
The others, gone, we remember in chants.

 

…Oh, how fickle is this breath-filled clay;
And how brief his sojourn in this lay!




20 thoughts on “LAMENTATIONS. (When shall we heal; what shall we remember?)” by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (@xikay)

  1. BEAUTIFUL!…The style is superb…I do not expect any less from you… well done jare.

  2. Thank you @sibbylwhyte …thats the least we writers can do

  3. If your lips can mouth to us a mortal price
    Shall we not pay, though you ask us thrice? – this touched me most.

    Well Done, this was deep!

    1. I really felt dat line…well done@xikay

  4. Thank you @teewah…if we could pay death… wouldn’t we?

  5. Wow, what more can I say?

    @teewah took that line straight out of my mind.

    This is deep, really deep. Nice one @xikay. Respect!!!

  6. Oh…u’ve done justice again.
    I love that end…..…Oh, how fickle is this breath-filled clay;
    And how brief his sojourn in this lay!

    well done sir

  7. more grease to your already greasy elbows – well done

  8. This is the best post on the Dana Air crash.
    Much Respect.

    1. Thank you oga @kaycee…what else can we do being unable to twist the hands of death?

  9. Beautiful. Very nice indeed.

  10. You’re always on top of your game… I’ve seen most of your poetic piece, n I must confess, they are cute.

    Message well carved and passed!

    U might not know me but my respect knows you…wel

    1. Awwww… thanks @bamslib …I’m honored.

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