The face of an orphan boy, sitting
In a lawn of an orphanage, is imprinted
On the canvas of my mind.
Like an autumn leaf that has fallen
From the tree of life, during the spring, he sat
Among the scattered autumn leaves.
A veil of misery covered his face.
An emptiness in his heart overflowed
Through his sorrowful eyes.
He sat, wearing the raiment
Of sadness, orphaned
By the arrows of a conflict.
His haunting eyes, tattered garments, revealed
His sail, a ship without a rudder,
On the turbulent waters of life.
He lived in a local orphanage like a bird
With broken wings, with a childhood
Crowned by poverty.
His childhood is stolen,
Sowed in his heart,
With a crown of thorns
Placed on his head.
His bruised heart whispers
Into the ears of my soul:
The cries of orphans, like him, fall on the walls of
His political masters- a legion of pygmies,
His priests- a band of empty tin pots,
His people- a multitude numbed by a turmoil.
With no helping hand
To rescue them from the claws
Of poverty and despair, they beseech
The heavens to relieve their sufferings.
They whisper with the lips of their hearts
Into the ears of the divinity.
They invoke the all-seeing eyes
Of the Providence: to induce an awakening,
To plant the seeds of compassion,
In the hearts of their indifferent countrymen.
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These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, India, Ireland and Canada.
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