Poems for nutrition
Young poets advocate for good nutrition
Good nutrition is very important for the day,
In order for you to run and play;
Protein, vitamins, dairy and carbohydrates,
But don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Good nutrition helps you become big and strong,
And helps you live very long
Carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and dairy.
Plus, you can have quite the variety!
But, I may hear you ask,
‘What is good nutrition?’
‘Isn’t exercise also beneficial?’
Well to that I say yes;
But unhealthiness is a mess.
So dairy, carbohydrates, protein and vitamins,
With a bit of butter,
Might as well add some toast too.
Once upon a generation,
Upon families of distinct descents in a nation,
Famished to behold with less than nothing to eat,
Whose children starve with bellies ruptured by hunger and bloated out by the pangs of emptiness,
Towards fainting through deficiency.
Is this the land that flows with milk and honey?
Or the exchanger of natural resources for money?
An ironical unspoken grief with deafening silence,
In sight of the hungry who weep upon a green land.
But must be redeemed from the cusp of degradation and malnutrition of stunting, of wasting and overweight.
The bedrock of a child's survival is good nutrition,
Strengthened by the arms of sustainable agriculture,
To thrive from dawn to dusk with sumptuous delicacy
That gives a yummy tastebud of ecstasy.
If the pangs of starvation become ocean of tears
The ability of youngsters gets compromised for years.
Every child deserves solace in a standard living,
As the nitty-gritty in quest for a life worth living.
Children as the hope for years to come
Need to survive in spite of a land as a giant whale,
By having access to adequate and balanced food
That their future may not disappear.
Parents, our children's roots
‘To put in the mouth is better than to hang on the neck,’ says the lion.
It is one people that create a life.
This drum is beaten for that which is great.
Before every rain, the cloud will set.
Every firm tomorrow, is sown today.
If you see a colourful day, it began yesterday.
What is qualitative, is always sought.
This type of journey, it is children that walk them,
These type of steps, it is parents that dance them,
This type of vision, it is elders that see them.
In all the centuries our names will be chanted,
Our children’s nutrition, is the way to that.
Before a house is built the land is checked,
Before a farm is set, manure is spread.
Parents, our children’s root.
It is from our tomorrow that today will grow.
Remember the colour of your children’s dreams,
Have we made them firm before they sprout?
Or do we look far ahead before we do?
Have we manured their lives to grow?
Or do we leave them in hunger like the rest?
Parents, this call is ours.
Do not dump a child like fragments of sticks.
Their lives’ prosperity lies on our hands.
If we unite in this, the success is ours.
Their hunger and sickness is ours, too.
Our children’s malnutrition is our risk.
If you see a child with a wasting body,
Or a girl battling stunting,
Or a group of children overweight,
All these are as a result of our weaknesses.
For the wellness of our children is our immediate responsibility.