22 December 2009

It Denotes

If you walk by
And find me,
Lying on my side, curled
Like a comma
On a street corner
With no blanket
To cover myself
I am not in a coma
It denotes . . .
Stop briefly
And ponder over these times.

If you find me
Lying on my side
Legs stretched and straight
Head and shoulders
Bent forward, towards my loins
Like a question mark
It denotes . . .
Provide explanations . . .
Why certain people
Happen to sleep
On street pavements.

If you find me
Lying on my back
My whole body stretched
At a horizontal attention
like an exclamation mark
It denotes . . .
I am in shock
Do not bother
I will recover.

And when you find me coiled
My head between my legs
Round like a full stop
It denotes . . .
Stop and render first aid
Subject freezing.
© Julius Chingono


Publisher: First published on PIW in a special Zimbabwean edition, 10 June 2008
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2 comments:

January said...

Thanks for this wonderful poem.

Hope you are well.

Rethabile said...

Hi Jan,
I love Julius's work. And I'm doing OK. Happy holidays to to you and a wonderful New Year.