Kalif the Poet


We met Kalif, a young budding poet on the streets of Castries. He offered the following poem entitled ‘Love Enough’. Hope that you enjoy.
Thanks to Benjamin Thomassin of Presh Production who permit us to use his studio for this photograph.

Love Enough
If you see my heart beat on the line,
In the heat of the moment.
Could you beat the snide?
Your skin turns numb with anger
but if your mother’s touch entered
would you treat it as a sign?
If you hear my folks crying
could you swallow the darkness of a crime.
That would have been etched in time.
Can’t teach me how to love with a heart you never carried.
With bodies you’ve never buried.

Do you love enough?
Enough to carry you through the night.
Enough for the sun & moon to glorify your light.
If you hold your breath and shield yourself.
you’re a walking coffin, and that isn’t life.

Do you love enough to be alive?
Enough for your mother to not look for you outside.
Enough to give someone you dislike some help.
To look into the eyes of a hurting stranger and see yourself.
Cause the block doesn’t care.

We learn to focus our energies on people
Who can’t see past outer-layers, what we wear.
And our hearts are pleading for a connection.
But not with those who are unaware.
So we’ll either care for each other
or get dropped out there.
Maybe you’ll save a life if you release another
Ounce of love into the air.
Do you love enough?

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