Defeating the culture of corruption in PNG: will ICAC do it?

I am innocent


An entry in the 2015 Rivers Award
for Writing on Peace & Harmony

I stand with trembling body
A harsh angry thought crippled by fear
Afraid in a sense where desperation of a life
I so deserve as a child being deprived hidden

My right to freedom is shattered and forgone
Mother scold’s me like a stray dog nomadic
Foul language being her slang of choice
The feeling is like I am not welcomed at all

Rejection and corporal punishment reintroduced
Father fists me like a boxing bag swaying all direction
He legs me like a soccer ball bulleting like a strikers pick
I gasped for air but then he takes pride simultaneously
I utter my utmost beseech for my fair say of innocence

However, their ever raging presence is felt by me
Crushed by hopelessness, emptied being helpless
Disgrace to my friends I am completely worthless
I kneel on my knees with sheer quiver and shiver

Now, speechless with a disfigured face and bruised body
Almost at the verge of bleeding to my destiny
I lay low unconscious with nothing to lose but
With dignity and honour to the stature of a child

I am innocent


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