A thought provoking poem about poetry. Placed 3rd in school competition.
I jump into a secluded lake
I see bare land, dry and cracked
like skin crying for water
The blazing sun
beating down on the barren land.
I look all around me, sight blurred
Hearing cries of children and adult alike
A cry for pity
Each day struggling on
becoming worn as old shoes.
I dive deeper
and cast my eyes upon such people
afflicted by AIDS and malaria
Questions burn in my head
Then I sink deeper
into this lake of sorrow
War and conflict
Surround these people
Wallowing in the murky water of despair.
Then I brush against the lake’s bottom
Although blurred, I see even more
I see they have hope that there may be
A glimmer of light ending the tunnel they see
Bravery and strength have they.
Shocked, yet inspired by what I have seen.
I know what we must do
So I ask you to join me
and answer their plea.