Neville

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments10

  • 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

                  Neville,

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

                  ~Laura~

                  • 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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