“I really wanna go to school”
Whined a child of seven years old
“I want to learn; not just ABC
We can change our state of poverty”
The child cast a hopeful glance
Hoping against all odds to get the chance
To learn new things and be a somebody
Please God, let his daddy agree.
“You ungrateful, thoughtless son!
Have you ever stopped and think for once
I have no extra money to spare on you
On top of that our stomachs are hardly full
Now, please be good
Go and search for firewood
If you want a taste of food
Don’t bring up about school”
The child wept and wept
But all he got was so painful a slap
And pure feelings of disappointment
And things tasted so poignant
When his father said no to education.