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by Henry Ekwuruke, Nigeria Mar 16, 2006
Child & Youth Rights , Culture , Human Rights   Poetry


They are a motley crowd
These downtrodden ones of the earth
Unable to bear the stress and strains of these hard times
Some find refuge in drugs and alcohol

Thus destroying their mental equilibrium
Others devastated by debilitating diseases
Are driven by desperation into the streets
Some through wanton want and abject poverty

Finding no useful purpose in life
All hope for a means of livelihood gone
Resort to guiltless guile
Feigning either ill health or madness or both

They find ready escape into the mendicant profession
They are everywhere
These downtrodden ones of the earth
Like sore thumbs they stick out

On streets, in market places
All public places being littered
With this human refuse

Oh what a show of shame!
To see such human waste
Its tatters and manners of rage
Becoming the trademark of our cities

Dragging their wasted frames along
They moan and cry at their unenviable lot
Such rending moans like smoke
Rise to the heavens for mercy and vengeance

On a society turned so callous and uncaring
By selfishness and insatiable quest for wealth and

At death their corpses adorn the streets
Ready meals for the voracious and scavenging vultures
Passersby hardly perturbed by the immoral sight
Shield their nostrils from the assaults of the putrefaction

Of the downtrodden ones of the earth
That need you now.



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Henry Ekwuruke

Henry Ekwuruke is Executive Director of the Development Generation Africa International.
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