Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 9, 2019

#WHEN_I_SHALL_DIE~by Dickson Chhote Tindi


 

 

#WHEN_I_SHALL_DIE

Someone once said,
A life lived with restrictions is no life.
You only live once so why not live as though tomorrow never existed?
Why not Drink, party, dance and smoke every night until dawn?
Well for so long I’ve lived under this rule!
For so long I’ve dined and wined myself to foolishness.
For so long I’ve been misguided and blinded I lost my way.

Today I stand here in this dark forsaken room with nothing but a studio mic.
Questions crowding my judgment, I can’t think.
Am asking myself over and over again one simple question.
When I shall die,
When my mortal body is put to rest
And maggots consume the last of it,
What will society remember me for?
When I shall die,
Will I have fed the hungry orphans?
Will i have Clothed their nakedness with thine hands?
When I shall die,
Will I have comforted them?
Will I have provided their needs?
Will I have Wiped their tears with my gament and offered a solution?
Will I?
Will I have been their fotress,
A fountain of hope and ray of light?
Will I have been a helping hand and shoulder to lean on?
When I shall die,
Will I have cooked for the poor?
Will I have washed their dirty clothes or provided new ones?
Will I have carried them on my back when sick?
will I have Built shelter for one?
Will I have replaced their distressed minds and shattered hearts with hope for The future?
When I shall die,
When everyone gathers around my grave to pay their last respects,
How many widows will I have helped?
How many broken hearts and torn souls will I have fixed?
How many prostitutes will I have offered good jobs?
When I shall die,
How will society remember me?
Will I have been that young boy’s salvation or that young girl’s crucification?
Will I have been that boy’s motivating factor or that girl’s stumbling block?
Will I have been that young boy’s strength and ally or that young girl’s weakness and arch enemy?
Will I have been the one callin the elderly witches or the one helping?
Will I have been the source of joy at all for all or tears for all?
#CHHOTE_THEE_POET


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