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It shouldn’t hurt to be a child

You see them everyday, wares balanced precariously on little heads Shoulders bent from carrying the world Dripping in the rain, sweating in the sun, shivering during the harmattan. They are the denizens of traffic “Ice cold minerals!” “Buy you gala here Aunty!!” “Pure water, pure water!!!” They call out fervently in hope Eyes forever searching...

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You see them everyday,

wares balanced precariously on little heads

Shoulders bent from carrying the world

Dripping in the rain,

sweating in the sun,

shivering during the harmattan.

They are the denizens of traffic

“Ice cold minerals!”

“Buy you gala here Aunty!!”

“Pure water, pure water!!!”

They call out fervently in hope

Eyes forever searching for a beckoning hand

There are some you do not see

They are the ghosts of brushes past

And wallets mysteriously collected

Little shadow walkers these ones.

The daring forced to petty thievery

Their innocence stolen

Children deserve the best

Their eyes should twinkle whenever they blink

Mirroring the brightness that is within them all

Help save the children

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child

-Olowo Olukayode

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