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February 19, 2024

Without Them There Is Neither Prospect Nor Posterity

By Ndaba Sibanda

Without Them There Is Neither Prospect Nor Posterity

A listening world would hear the children’s wailings,
one that doesn’t pander to the whims of egos and wars,
one not deaf to the humanity of empathy and sympathy,
one not impervious to the sobs and throbs of childbearing,
a sane adult’s duty is to be every child’s buffer and inspirer.

What exactly is the import of civilization in the 21th century?
What happened to shared values of love for the sanctity of life?
The dependence, innocence and independence of children?
Kids exude and embody the history, heritage and honesty of life.
They exemplify purity, receptivity, wonder, the origin of all.
They don’t only need to survive but also to live, love and thrive.

No matter their color, parentage and percentage, children
deserve to grow up in a safe and sound world with a wealth
of health, love and care, with sufficient food to eat, enough
time to play and be carefree and receive a suitable education.
Professed civilized world, it’s about love, honesty and humanity,
not about a history of hurt and loathing. Is that too much to ask?

Article © Ndaba Sibanda. All rights reserved.
Published on 2024-01-08
Image(s) are public domain.
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