Today I heard a touching story
A caring woman - sought no glory
But heard of need in Africa
The plea of some young teenager
For light to study after dark
The other choice was clearly stark:
They just recited simple tales;
How one against the other pales!
The woman tried and tried once more
Till solar light found that far door.
And by return came utter joy
From one enlightened native boy.
He said: “They all come to the light
To read their school books in the night.
Our learning hunger is appeased
I’m famous – and ancestors pleased.”
But I am left in no small doubt:
Would spirits could such light blow out!