CHILDREN ON THE STREETS

 

CHILDREN ON THE STREETS
(A poem for the African Child)

 

Send us to schools
Not to streets
With trays of mangoes
Hawking away our precious tomorrow
Just to still
Your economic greed

 

Send us to schools
Where we would learn
With zobo and biscuits,
Reciting nursery rhymes,
Learning social relations
In atmospheres mild
Not under bridges
Nor uncompleted buildings
Where the dripping rain drops
Batter our bare feet
That sometimes manage to have slippers
As our greatest clothing

 

Give us not out in marriages
If you know we can’t vote
Considering our juvenile ages

 

Give us crayons and pencils
Cutlasses and hoes
Give us agriculture
To be better cultivators
And mathematics that we may know
How many fishes we sold
Teach us to be documented
And set our goals

 

Give us education
Not child labour

 

 

 

 

AUTHOR

OBIENE SOLOMON

Obiene Solomon is a young writer. He hails from Bayelsa State, Southern Nigeria. He graduated from Niger Delta University where he studied Philosophy. He is currently undergoing a Theology study at Zuph School of Ministry.

As a philosopher and theologian, his works basically address practical social realities, employing both philosophical and religious tools to drive home his message.

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Publisher

I am the Founder and Executive Editor of Core Magazine. I hold a Bachelors Degree in History and International Studies from Bowen University. I am the Author of "DARE TO RESEARCH". I have written and published over 16 Academic Research Articles. I believe in an ideal that all persons irrespective of their race, class or status can influence the society with creative writings and constructive thoughts to the point where they can succeed and develop their skills to seize rare opportunities.

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