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Things Fall Apart

Adamant mindsets
In a modern setup,
Vibrant visions evaporates
To emptiness, nothingness and waywardness.
Leaving the people in stark darkness,
Leading to nowhere,
As penury is declared "king",
Hunger succeeds the throne
As blind leaders  hardened the 
Economy like bone.
Giving peanuts to the peasants
But gold for the wealthy,
Oh! what a chess game in the midst
Of blind spectators.....
Mothers swaying in tattered rags,
Struggling with drying breasts which 
Produces the hopeful milk of the skinny infants...
Children strolling with empty plates
Searching for who to wet their throats.
Fathers planting courage and assurance,
Hoping the land will be milky someday,
Yet the center is not holding
For heads are plenty but the brains are few...
Therefore turning weakening hearts
To marauding crooks,
Victimizing themselves,
Staining their whites,
Be litling their lives,
Insulting their hands
Making the land stink,
While Africa bears the smell,
To the detriment of her virtue. 
Our agricultural and peaceful 
"green white green", they've turned to 
A dark and bloody "red black red".
Now who leads who in this
Criminal war front, corrupt justice
And indecisive generation?
Things fall apart when truth step aside,
Evil takes the lead when black minds
Score the goal...
Things fall apart when the people can't merge.


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  1. Date: 12/6/2010 4:58:00 AM

    Thank you every body for the encouraging and pathetic comments made on my lightening ink. i give God the glory for i am only a serving vessel.

  1. Date: 12/6/2010 4:51:00 AM

    Thanks every body for the comments made on my lightening ink, i give God the glory for i am only a serving vessel.

  1. Date: 12/4/2010 8:17:00 AM

    It is the reality of your country that you describe with truth. A excellent write on a good topic. I think this is true of all countries and we as the people should keep our eyes on what happens to one another. You did an awesome write. Love mom

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 10:17:00 PM

    It sounds so horrible, Charles!! To feel it happening all over the world, is a horrible feeling. A very good topic to be writing on! By the way, I have many many poems for you to read if you care to. You just click on my name and see the long list of them. Nice seeing you here today. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 4:32:00 PM

    We could really use more togetherness. Well said.

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:47:00 PM

    okay how can i destroy this,, you are awesome. ~~Staining their whites, Be litling their lives, Insulting their hands~~ well this can have 2 meanings to it. But, I will keep my insulting opinion to myself.. lol... this poem was awesome ,..p.d.

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:33:00 PM

    Nowadays the picture is quite different in India, though we do see corruption and inhunanity which is not a picture of a country but of this world. Charles

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:31:00 PM

    I can relate to your thoughts you have penned so well about poverty and hunger, in humanity and corruption as well. As I have seen life you relate in India too. Yes. I am from India originally, XCharles

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 10:59:00 AM

    greed and coruption has made an entire country into a grave yard. i hate to think what will happen to a vocal young man like you. i lost one of my teachers who went home to africa. he was shot. so it's not like i don't feel the loss to. there is only one answer for you my friend ; prayer. John H Loving III

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 7:32:00 AM

    Charles, sad thoughts in your write....so true compromise is necesarry to prevent war.

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 6:24:00 AM

    Charles what a powerful write highlighting the destruction caused by greed, inhumanity and corruption.. Very sad write indeed..

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 5:59:00 AM

    A poignant message my friend with your Lightening Ink pen so creative and so on point with this poem... luv the tattered rags line Charles.. it brings to light how ordinary people are coping with economy overall..luv.. appreciate your warm comments today with luv..

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 5:46:00 AM

    i'm glad i got to read this gem :). .corruption will never end,nor greed and selfishness..That is the world we created unfortunately. .the great sin or rich and poor. .i can't stand. .great powerful poem.

  1. Date: 11/30/2010 11:22:00 AM

    It saddens me to think of this turmoil in your homeland, son. You have ushered the impact of poverty to our doorsteps. A very powerful poem! Love, "mom"