There was a rose that faded young,

I saw its shattered beauty hang,

Upon a broken stem,

I heard them

say, ”what need to care?

With roses budding everywhere?”

There was a bird brought down to die,

I saw its limp body fall,

Upon a distant plain,

They said a hundred fall off the sky,

What need to cry?

There was a girl whose lover fled,

I watched her grieve and felt her hurt,

But i did not wait the while,

For i knew what they would say.

” There’s many another lad,

What need to be sad?”

© Ado Yiembo

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