Posted by: zebbook | July 2, 2012

We will not go easily (Poetry) – by Dada Olusegun

This is not your land alone
The sacred hill where the gods of air and water live
The flight of the bird on the wing,
Shimmer of the sun on the water
They do not belong to you.
They never did.
Your machines of corruption and killings
Would rip the heart out of our land,
Rip the old gods from their hills and forests.
Your greed fuels your machines
Your uniformed minions, with guns in their hands
Your uniformed minions who after all are only men
As we are men, and women
Earth’s Children, we.
Your greed would make an end to everything we have
Everything we live for
But this is not your land alone
And we will not pay the price for your greed
And we will not go away.
No.
We will not go easily, no, we will not go easily.
We will not go easily, into the dreadful night.
This is not your land alone, no this is not your land alone
Our ancestors have lived here
The old gods have lived here
Since before the days when the hills were young.
Yet you want what is not yours
You try to take what is not yours
And death is all you offer us
And death is something we understand.
No, we will not go easily
Though you do what you will
Offer us your platitudes, feed us with
Words.
Your words
Your words are like your promises
Empty.
Empty like the eyes of the skull on the dry rock
Empty as the scars on the earth
Empty like the bellies of our children
When your corrupt machines have moved on.
But when we pick up the gun
The gun is not empty.
Our forests, our villages
Our land, our gods
Our world, not empty.
Call us what you will
Detractors, dissidents, losers
Call us what you will, but
Our world is not empty.
We will pay with our blood
Yes we will pay with our blood
We will water the land with our blood
And it will be our land safe from you and your ilks.
Our words, our promises
Are not empty.
For we will not go easily.
We will not go easily
For we know you don’t give a damn.
We will not go easily, for we give a damn.

 

Dada Olusegun

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