Thursday, 19 July 2012

One Body, One Goal

Everyone says on the streets that one hundred days
are not enough, that it takes three hours for bread,
that city workers need bribes and have feet of clay.

Buses feel free to drive fast down streets the wrong way
and poor districts have large rubbish piles though they plead
for streets to be fully cleaned in one hundred days.

President Mursi has a tough army to weigh
with drug dealers, thugs and the whole electorate
who mistrust city workers known for feet of clay.

He had a parliament for minutes one day,
a supreme court really determined to impede,
making it hard to succeed in one hundred days,

but he visits neighbor countries as head of state
to make sure that the brotherhood is not misread
and his plans will not wither or have feet of clay.

Egyptians beg that they be treated all the same
as a democratic society would demand
and they all hope the promise of one hundred days
rejuvenates the country, removes feet of clay.

© Lavinia Kumar

Are 100 days enough?

Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, in the US and UK. She writes a blog for her brother’s, based in Portsmouth, NH.