A greedy fat rich guy in Baghdad
tricked a poor young boy into chopping
wood for him promising to pay him
a Dinar per log halved!
Now the boy chopped and chopped
as the fat rich guy went ehm aha
ehm aha there you go, that’s it.
By noon the boy chopped a pile
of logs into half half his height.
Being very excited the boy shouted:
Why sir where are you going?
What about my money?
You should feel very proud
of what you’ve accomplished.
Thanks to you I have enough wood
for three nights' fires and dinners.
The fat rich guy walked ahead
leaving the poor boy to scream:
Help thief, stop him!
But nobody cared or turned.
Omar was passing by and said:
What is your problem boy?
He said: I worked for that man
and he did not pay me my dues.
So the fat rich guy was summoned
and told his version of the story.
Nobody seemed to sympathize
with the skinny poor little lad.
But all looked at Omar waiting
for his fair judgment with a held
breath when he said:
A Dinar for the skinny boy
and its k-ching for the fat
rich guy who cheered!
Now the moral from this fable
is that the rich get by skinning a guy
skinny and poor like that Baghdad boy.
Poverty itself is not an abject reality
until a poor man faces haplessness
on the hands of the elite, privileged
powerful connected few rich guys.
We have poverty because we have apathy.
We have tragedy because we have rapacity.
We have cruelty because we have oligarchy
We have immorality because we have mendacity.
We have slavery because we have egocentricity!
We have hungry people because we have lack of satiety.
The poor sweat and bleed and are made to heed
the rich and powerful to feed those parasites as they breed.
Like the Baghdad people we live in lands of gold
serve those who are bold and respect those with the hold.
Omar is just a conscience that reminds us of lies told
to keep a Dinar from a poor man’s hand to keep a rich man’s hold.
The poor shouldn’t feel they are the abject reality,
for they are the reason the rich live in their lavish actuality.
The rich should get the k-ching and the poor should wear the ring
for if not for those poor, they won’t have neither ring nor k-ching!