A Poem by Morton Sibale
Before I give Up
Can we have a tete-a-tete
Like the one at the dawn of our romance
5 decades, 36 moons ago
When you charmed me with the promise of a better future?
Let us revisit the vows and the promises
Of half a century ago
Those sweet romantic talks
Sparkling with hope for joy and prosperity.
We have toiled, together
In laughter and tears
Our children have survived into mothers and fathers
Amidst the unbearable pain from our poor parentage.
After all the rains
Tears and cries from their pain
Make me feel less of a woman I should be.
So today, I need assurance
For the pain of these five decades
Has thrown the glowing hope of the early days
Into the oblivion and an abyss of hopelessness.
Morton Sibale is a budding writer of both fiction and non-fiction. A graduate of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Morton is a freelance journalist and a social commentator tackling issues of governance, human rights, sports, children’s rights and others. He is also a blogger at Memoirs of the News Monger.