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Africa, I were the one you killed

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Africa, I were the one you killed

"Africa, I were the one 
you killed"

In those misery-days; 
When happiness of 
birth cried with an 
oversized echo; 
Africa, when your gods 
roared in its wooden-
I were the twins you 
unjustly killed; 
-Just to appease your 
When darkness fell on 
the skin of your sky
-and gave it ugly spot;
I were the lamp-lights 
you held;
to walk on the blood-
shed roads,
when "ebora-Inu-igi" 
are thirsty and in full 
-in their desert homes.
My bloods you gave, to 
turn away their  anger.
Africa, when you killed 
Tell me what would your 
tomorrow be?
Thanks be to angel 
Mary Slessor,
who came to dry-clean 
the tears of Mama-
Africa, with her most 
decent affection.
Africa, I can't laugh 
without you,
because; I will simply 
be half without you.
Africa, I'm back-again 
not to avenge,
but to tell you how much 
I love you.
Poet: Adesitimi Taiwo 

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  1. Date: 10/26/2012 11:11:00 AM
    Very powerful well done