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The Beggar’s Child: (Story)By: Jude Ifeme

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Meena watched her Mama dutifully re-open the large infected wound on her left leg; she carefully scrape open the darkened incrustation with her fingernails and pinch them away bit by bit leaving a fresh lesion sprouting fresh blood and pus. Meena did the best she could to suppress her revulsion.

“Wouldn’t you rather lie to eat than steal?” Mama finally responded, her eyes rolled awkwardly to the side to catch Meena’s, but that did not erase the furrows of pain engraved across her forehead.

Meena looked away from the crooked look, her heart pounding. She knew it was time; her mother seemed to edging closer to insanity with her desire to attract more pity to herself. Her father was more decent at least; he did not inflict injury on himself.

“Besides, we don’t force them to give us alms. Meena, would you not lie to feed your sick Mama?”

“But Mama you are not sick, you are the one scraping your wounds every night so it wouldn’t heal.”

Her Mama recoiled with a frown.
Meena felt like the…

When Terror Ruled

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They tired the sun with bloodshed
And weeping
And flushed innocence beyond on tears shed

They froze joy and dancing and let music
Play into a mournful sky
On the day when the sun went sick

Mother and father, son and daughter
The claws of terror held no prisoners!
Beautiful dreams sent to a gruesome slaughter

Their justice, cruel justice, gave not
A choice, not appeal
But sentenced all, haves and haves not

The might of a nation stood still
And watched
And the tongue and fangs bayed at will

They looked God in the eye
Desecrated his creations
And left but ashes and smoke rising high

2011© Jude Ifeme


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