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LOST CHILDHOOD

I see them roaming
daily in my neighbourhood
children with childhood yanked off
discarded like orange peels
decorating our filthy streets

Bit by bit we transform them
into prolific vagabonds
street urchins, inductees
of our infamous hall of child abuses
drug abusers and prolific sex workers!

We birth them
let them roam about like baby snakes
scavenging for livelihoodpicking pockets, pilfering dustbins
feasting on crumbs
running ungodly errands…

We bake for them sorrow
train them for impending horror
and swear by tomorrow
“these are leaders of tomorrow”!

Written by: Jon Manuels Enekele
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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