Colossus and Lazarus

Written by: James Mwando

The mid-morning traffic drowned his desperate plea
Pushing it into a perpetual abyss 
The streetlights turned green
And for a minute, all was quite
  “Nipe Shilingi!”
She shouted for the millionth time that day

He fished deep in his pockets 
Found one, aimed at the bowl and oops! 
He missed
The copper coin landed on the tarmac with a bang 
Rolled severally, and 
Finally found a resting place in the filthy gutter

She watched the unfolding action in horror
Finally, she crawled towards the grime 
With naked hands, she prodded in vain
As tears started to roll down her cheeks 
The grandfather clock across the street 
struck noon!