The Boy in the Chair – a first draft

The Boy in the Chair
should be the last victim
of the hand that slaps,
shoves, hits and maims
a child at school

now in his shack that has
no windows, he hears
the other children kicking
a soccer ball in the distance

with legs no longer
like his own, he still
dreams of the day
he becomes a doctor

-o-

This is an initial reaction to a news item in South Africa about a boy who was assaulted by a principal after accusing him of stealing R150.

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About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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