Yellow River

Yellow River


From its source to the sea and along its entire length

Including every tributary


The mighty Yangtze would if there was any justice

In this cruel world shed at least a single tear


One for each of those predominantly

Female breaths it stole in recent centuries


And all for the sake of some obscure law

Some archaic form of population birth control


However even the mighty Yangtze contains

Insufficient water to wash away the guilt entirely


For taking each and every one of those

Legitimate or bastard daughters


Go check out the bloated and decaying bodies

Those that form a log jam like over ripe bananas


In the most remote of eddies and the gullies

Of the so called mighty Yangtze


One can only imagine how many wives, mistresses

Lovers, scientists, engineers, orphans, artists, entertainers


Philosophers, teachers, farmers, doctors, prostitutes

Beggars and martyrs even


Who might have perished in those putrid flowing waters

And compelling undercurrents of the mighty Yangtze


Some it seemed escaped though and made their way

By some means or another to places of safety


Where now they live as only partial victims of a much despised

And decomposing culture


A changing culture though and now experiencing recurrent guilt

And frequent separation anxiety of its very own making…








  • Mottakeenur Rehman

    Well written piece!!πŸ‘

    • Neville

      bless you my friend..

      • Mottakeenur Rehman

        ,,πŸ™πŸ™..Sir I expect an analytical comment for my latest poem named"TOPSYTURVY SHUNT"

      • Fay Slimm.

        Reading this hitherto unknown and abominable method of female birth control has been a real learning curve for this poet Nev. - - - may guilt haunt the changes made in a culture that thought so little of human life..........clearly told this shock of a piece will linger long after the read................ tearfully Fay.

        • Neville

          Thank you my friend... another much appreciated visit... Neville

        • Alta H Mabin

          Incredibly emotional. Thank you for sharing this Neville. x

          • Neville

            thank you...

          • kevin browne

            I see you evolving with greatness everytime I get to read your work. This is a good fine and understandable piece...

            • Neville

              and every time you check in I feel a greater affinity with ya.......

            • orchidee

              A fine write Nev, of monstrous goings-on.

              • Neville

                cheers Orchidee..

              • Clara

                Wow. I read this through a couple of times. I must admit and I don't know much about it but I am definitely going to look into this. Really well written and expressed considering the subject matter at hand. Greatly impressed N.

                • Neville

                  thanking you so very much my friend... bless ya for taking a look at these words...

                • Laura


                  This is a powerful sad write! Thank you for sharing and reminding us that there is cruelty in this world...unfortunately!


                  • Neville

                    there is a lot of it unfortunately...... thank you dear friend...

                    • Laura

                      You’re welcome!

                    • Christina8

                      A stunning and sobering write my friend...

                      • Neville

                        thank you Christina...

                      • Goldfinch60

                        A very sad emotive write, it is so sad that so many were killed in this way.

                        • Neville

                          Tis indeed a crime ... thank you for checking these words out my friend

                        • Suresh

                          It's so sad that something pure can be used for impure causes, like female abandonment - the most vile reason of all, that your words have so significantly highlighted

                          • Neville

                            Precisely my thoughts my friend.. thanking you from afar...

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