Alas! The gong has lost its voice

Alas! The gong has lost its voice

The change must come,
The looting must stop.
This impunity must end,
If the nation must regain its strength.
The gong has sounded faithfully for so long,
But now, its voice is gone;
Alas, our gong has lost its voice.

The wife at home, bickering.
The children hungry, waiting.
Will your endless babbles bring us money?
Will the constant rambling about change pay the landlord’s fee?
The gong is lost in thought,
And now, our gong has lost its voice.

Tell it to the rulers who have no compassion,
Tell it to the followers whose constant mistakes have enthroned the wrong.
We have stayed silent for far too long,
The world is in dire need of more gongs,
For this our gong has lost his voice.

Ogunjimi James Taiwo
Ogun State, Nigeria
September 2013.

3 thoughts on “Alas! The gong has lost its voice

  1. Sana Rose

    Strong, honest and reasonable protest.. But the powers are beyond reason.. The ones holding the authorities and voice lack the common sense of the suffering common man.. Pathetic is this world, my friend.. I wish humans had the sense to want only what they deserve…

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  2. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for September 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . **** Poem of the Month..****..is..”Dhaka University” by AZMM Moksedul Milon….*** Highly Commended (tabulated alphabetically) *** are the following….”Alas ! the gong has lost its voice” by Ogunjimi James Taiwo….”A Portrayal of Pain” by Swanti Sharma….”Blessing” by Basil Razack….”Disheartened” by Suzanne Parlee….”Given” by Jan Christian Sorensen….”Illusion” by Tapeshwar Prasad….”Let me go” by Santanu Halder….”Life is” by Sridhar Karanam….”Long Rain” by Ramesh Anand….”Profanity” by Sangeeta Sharma….”The Bible” by Elizabeth Hexberg….”Unsung Samaritans” by Sharon Elizabeth Walker…..

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