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What Hurt That Lad
Hillary Kuteisa


What hurt that lad was not the mock of exams
which so brightly highlighted on his calendar
did tense him stiff.

Nor was it the darkness that night
when just as he’d gotten the pen on his page
power did suddenly chuck

leaving him, pen and books no alternative but
to find some other means of illumination
if still their nocturnal meeting was to be.

What hurt that lad was not the silence of desertion
which greeted him as when he’d moved for a candle
he found the canteen long locked and not a soul astir.

What hurt that lad was when his cell phone rang
when at last he’d retired to bed and was slumbering fast
dreaming the happy hour he’d eat lunch with his girl the day to break,
And opening the new come sms, lo!

"am sorry dea but am not gon come at lunch 2moro.
I got xam at 2 and I got read. gd nyt."

© by Hillary Kuteisa. 
Used with the author’s permission.





Hillary Kuteisa (1989 - 2011) was an industrial chemistry major at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Born in a hilly district of Uganda called Kabale, Hillary said that his parents' diverse collection of books meant that, by the time he could read, "there was always something for me to delve into." A great fan of nature who loved beautiful sunsets and colorful rainbows, Hillary enjoyed writing both poetry and short prose.

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Wonderful! You deserve an award.
Posted 03/27/2024 11:56 AM
Where do you find this great poetry?!? I love this! Thanks!
Posted 02/11/2012 09:37 PM
Uganda English seems to be the same as USA. Is texting to be the universal jargon? Very clever with truth. Thanks.
Posted 02/11/2012 05:45 PM
Love this. Thank you!
Posted 02/11/2012 02:50 PM
i do like it u lead me from 1 disappointment (that's french) to another until the one good thing that matters....i like it plus the clever use of language.thanks
Posted 02/11/2012 02:02 PM
'the day to break'...what a beautiful praise. Thank you.
Posted 02/11/2012 12:29 PM
Charming use of language!
Posted 02/11/2012 09:49 AM

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