A Collection of Original Poetry by Students of Ladysmith High School

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Death of a Beggar ~ Zilungile Khumalo

It was just yesterday
He asked me for money
I gave him two rand
Knowing it wouldn't last him a day



He walked around the street
Barefoot
Digging deep in every trash can he could find
Looking for something to eat



Avoiding the annoyance of his presence
No one dared look his way
Realizing his "absence"
He decided to make it real


Today he didn't ask for anything
For he had something planned
He decided to end everything
By jumping in front of a speeding truck


The whole town gathered around him
Now they seemed to care
Someone started to sing a spiritual hymn
In between the sound of sirens


As he has died a tragic death
He is no longer alive to search for bread
He will find peace high in Heaven
Which is why I'm glad he's dead.



© Zilungile Khumalo




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Grade 11
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1 comment:

  1. This is such a sad story. You tell it very compellingly. I am glad you gave him two rand when you did - a kindness.

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