|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...