Here, now, is the world before me: Women are struggling to make a living And men struggling for beer. The markets are full of drying-up warehouses And market stalls pregnant with emptiness.
A woman comes in, Calls the last goods on the shelf, indicating interest. There are the dying smiles that echo no goodwill Upon the naming of a price-below-purchasing; There are the hungry laughters at the teeth of the buyer Who seeks his own gains; There are the welling-up tears that fill the eyes of the seller Who needs the penny to live another day.
Poverty and want wears an ugly face And gives hate a voice to echo its disdain. Much displeasure fills the air but in business The customer always wins.
Pain eats up my heart as I watch the transaction. Here, survival matters- just as much as love, But now even this is no more.
Abacheke-Egbema, Imo State. January 2014
Basically, my kind of poetry is that which is about people, about lives, about women and children- their very lives interests me.