“I’m only a child”
My fingers are itchy
My tummy is empty
My clothes are dirty
Tears are shedding off,
Slowly down on my chicks
Memories are shuffling through my mind
Good and bad because,
I’m mourning always…
Oh! I’m only a child.
Once, twice, my parents
Wanted to commit suicide
In front of me, of me!
At a tender age,
I try to cry, to calm my parents and
Make them feel pity for me.
Sometimes the room is too silent
The atmosphere is of a funeral dirge
No one to share my feelings with
I start to recall, relate and recapture
Some of the voices which are far- far away
I start to remember, reshuffle my thoughts
About the faces of the past and,
That will never come back!
My mind is full of memories
I imagine and regret if I could
Make them come back but…
I’m only a child!
Never shall I smile or laugh
At any moment, period or hour.
My mind is full of everything
Sometimes good and bad.
I think I am mentally disturbed because,
I find myself in conflict and contradiction,
Pointing and blaming myself but…
Lord why me your child?
Further I’m deprived of education
As if I’m not worthy to educate
How can I be employed, recognized and…
Well respected without education
I visualize doom in my future
I wish for earth to just swallow me up!
I’ve got sores and wounds
All over my body
The society runs away from me
Everyone doesn’t care about me
Leaving me in agony and bitterness
Like Lazarus in the bible
I wish someone like Pharaoh’s daughter
To pick me up and out of this river
Away from this dangerous earth.
I’m alone as a child
Sins are common
Punishment is common but,
This is so tough and rough
For how long on earth?
Oh! I your child
I’m languishing in poverty
Neglect and disempowerment
Yet some are empowered
I’m on the narrow and right path
To prepare to meet and enjoy
Together with you...
I’m only a child!