Saturday, April 13, 2013

HAPPY BOKO-DEPENDENCE


I.
The shepherd says it’s time to graze
We look and see only a misty haze
So we hesitate knowing the terror of the shadows
Have we not felt the bite of flying arrows?

We listened to the winds and we heard
The whispers swept through the herd
The angry silent ones, they spoke?
Words that took the mirth out of our joke

I pray thee, tell me if you know
Whose order shall we follow
The one that swallows meat and leaves us bones
Or the one that turns our moan to dying groans

Shall we listen to the voice without a face
Hidden by veils thicker than a bride's lace
Or shall we look their words in the eye
Knowing not if we shall live or die

II.
We look to the shepherd, fear not he says
But we fear for we remember the days
When we went out to graze with a song
Did we not return in funeral processions, long

Tomorrow we shall sit on our creaking stools
We'll stay at home for we be not the fools
That our drunken Lords think us to be
Have we not heard and did we not see?

But wait, do we have a song to sing
Can we, a stirring dance, to our feet bring
No! Theirs is the song. We know not the refrain
We only live with the cries of the slain 

III.
So they took our day from us
They came not with guns nor with force
But we hid in the darkness of our shame
And we feared even the whisper of their name

Our day came like a stillbirth
Sorrow painted the walls of every heart
Silent we were; the aged and the youth
And our silence baffled even the deaf-mute

We see not the one we gave our sharpened spear
He too cowers in the inner room, prisoner of his fear
Even the eagle dared not land in the square
How then shall the crippled hen not fear?

So here we are, hidden too; we sit silent in the huts
Lost in the mazes of unspoken thoughts
All we have left is the frayed rope of hope
Slipping through our hands as we fall down the slope

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