by Oprah Oyugi
Why are you just standing there?
Stop it! Why are you staring at me
Why do you glare at me
with that big black eye?
Do something or get out of
that is my school money you're looking at
lying broken in dust
those are Sunday's empanadas
now swamped in flies
I don't want your water
I don't want sad eyes
Give me coins for sheep
or go away and let me and my family die
This poem was written by Oprah as part of 'Poets under Pressure' in response to National Geographic's '50 Greatest Photographs', and was the winning entry. Poets were given ten minutes to create poetry about a photograph chosen from a member of the audience.