Friday, 3 December 2010

Six Word Fridays: Routine

Children at play...Ekwendeni, Malawi

The morning time has a routine...

We wake as the cock crows;
We clean house and feed chickens;
We fetch water from the well;
We boil the water and bathe;
We take porridge if its there;
We walk ten miles to school.

The afternoon time has a routine...

We walk ten miles from school;
We gather in the home compound;
We share a meal all together;
We fetch water and feed chickens;
We then play, yes we play!
From things thrown we make toys.

The evening time has a routine...

We come home from play tired;
We clean farming tools for mother;
We help cook, we eat together;
We have a treat today...meat;
We read books by candle light;
Mother cannot help... she cannot read.

The night time has a routine...

We prepare ourselves for bedtime now;
We wonder if father will come;
We think, we wish, we pray;
That there will be food tomorrow;
That father will bring school fees;
That he will not abuse mother...








6 comments:

  1. Wow, that's very intense. It points out how anything can be routine. And a reminder of how easy life here is. thank you

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  2. Most of us cannot imagine wanting for the basic things in life. Thanks for linking this up, Rue.

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  3. Ditto what 2bdancing said. I have a friend who is in Malawi right now, visiting family. Timely poem.

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  4. This reminds me that routine doesn't necessarily mean something boring or comforting; anything can be a routine. Stopping by from Red Dress Club today!

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  5. How beautiful and sad. Have you ever seen this site?

    http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

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  6. I feel the same as 2bdancing. A reminder of how routines are not always mundane or easily shrugged off. Sometimes they are hard.

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