Are they? by Yomi Edward

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Those who paw our mother's thigh

 

and leave our fathers

 

to lick the rotten lot

 

are they our kins?

 

are they?

 

 

 

Those who call us wretched

 

are they radiant?

 

are they?

 

 

 

Those who stock their mouth with our national beanscake

 

and gulp our akamu, tewe tewe

 

are they of this earth?

 

are they?

 

 

 

Those who stole our voices…

 

and rode to affluence

 

on our sore-ridden backs…

 

are they our voices?

 

are they?

 

 

 

Wouldn't it be right

 

to seek our kinship

 

in our true kins?

 

 

 

Wouldn't it be right?

 

 

 

 

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