The deluge of rain tumbles from the sky
like a bucket turned upside down
the beggars impervious to its ferocity
their faces impassive, no fear or frown.
Young boys stand on the roadside
eyes smoldering with hunger’s pain
need forcing them to continue standing
despite the lightening and drenching rain.
One holds a bedraggled cardboard sign
the other a tattered polystyrene cup
each hoping a passer by will pause
and give something to eat or sup.
A young mother stands shivering
an old umbrella sheltering her child
his eyes huge and frightened
he has never laughed or even smiled.
In the middle of an intersection
An old man stands bent and alone
his head bowed in supplication to the torrent
he doesn’t complain or sigh or moan.
It’s rare to see the elderly on the street
Poverty means many don’t live that long
my heart fills with a wrenching pain
for this anguished society to which I belong.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town