Morning has come again, my Lord!
Another day for vigorous work
Loads on my back, whips on my back
The price I pay for being bitumen
For many to walk on
For metallic figures to thread on
Figures I never know.
I am uselessly important
That man is a bastard
A man with muddy hands
A man with a lean body
Bootless feet, with threads
The prize of making those who know
The price of living amidst gold.
The next minute, the minute lunch
To sustain me till the next meal
Some 24 hours later
I till and dig
I scratch and scoop
I pull, push and gather
But he throws away to the birds of the air
Even though I’m illiterate, under my
Rusty cage, beside my oil less lamp
I sit and write of my encounters
The thing they dread saying
In open midday sun
The fear of the known
Fear of being hunted for
Being against the white boss
That is why I keep asking myself
Why die on the doorstep,
The doorstep to my destiny?
After all those thousand miles
Only to tire at the doorstep?
Is that justice to my dedicated soul?
Even though I face ridicule
Dogs never transform to cats
They always bark
Only retreat at gun powder.
Far and wide I have walked exhaustively
Acting strange like an alien
But rude is the shock, bullet if I complain
Blows if I slow and backslide
They only way to save my skin
Hide under the sheath of pretense.
Deep inside crumble, painfully comforting
My grieved soul, watching tearfully
Hoping that I’ll not be the next to
‘Eat the sack’ tomorrow- in the line of duty
Comrades! Wake up!
The fight is near, on and raw!
Let’s rekindle our charred souls
From the dust we eat for the evening’s best meal
If we must die, then let’s die soldiers
Because soldiers, once a soldier always a soldier
And no retreating for back up
For if four of us must die without making it
Then all the others will pass through it.
We are saviors of the tribe, our regime must reign
Let the blisters encourage us
Revenge is the best medicine in retaliation
For if we remain cowards
The elite men will laugh at us
Love the sword and die by it
For in there,
For in there
Lies the FREEDOM!