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The Three Greatest Enemies of Man

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The Three Greatest Enemies of Man


He doesn’t have what he had as all went miserably away
The bible said that even the few he had will be taken away
At birth nobody said he will witness his future crumble
His status of being destitute is enough for him to be humble
Tongue fitted to mouth; yet mouth can’t as much talk
Not dumb though but was born in time when money talk
He heard when money talks; equality is not for all man
Poverty; the first greatest enemy of man.

She knows that the little she knew is not enough
She tried all she could and the little still couldn’t be enough
Many are moving forward; she, among the few behind
Time came; confidence in question, she had to hide
Carefully makes a wise step considered carelessly foolish
Is not her fault that she doesn’t have what it takes not to be foolish
This is what she has to live with; a burden to man
Illiteracy; the second greatest enemy of man.

Contemporaries upon contemporary and we still offer nothing
How can we offer something when we have nothing?
It’s horrible we don’t know and don’t want to ask question
What are they living for? Someone asked a question
Questions apart, how can we know when we are not informed?
Information in same bed with us; yet we are still deformed
We know no rights to fight for amidst denial by man
Ignorance; the third greatest enemy of man.


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