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How Can A Bird That's Born For Joy Sit In A Cage And Sing

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How Can A Bird That's Born For Joy Sit In A Cage And Sing

I am the wounded, standing 
nude in thy midst
Showing to your eyes the 
stripes of thy iniquities
Tears dripping down my chin 
as drops of rain from the grey 
My face wrinkled with the pain 
of the violent conflicts within 
this ancient house of stones
My body bruised by the 
whipping of your politics and 
My hearing deafened by the 
loud cries of innocence and 
justice crying for their freedom 
of being
my soul blackened and 
sorrowed by our loss of sense 
and hope of morrow
The memory of our heroes 
which in its remembering
should teach us not and never 
to be inhuman again, 
Is but a mere miasma to this 
generation of a people who are 
victims of the lash of tyrannism 
A people whose sad silence is 
audible from the quiet Limpopo 
banks to the turbulence of the 
Zambezi flow
From the wonderful sights of 
the eastern mountains to the 
frightening caves of the 
western side that harbor the 
spirits of our ancestors
A people that woke up 
everyday with an unutterable 
question of survival,
A people I stand up for now 
with a blasphemous finger to 
this council....
'How can a bird that's born for 
joy sit in a cage and sing...'
We shall cry!!

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  1. Date: 7/15/2012 8:41:00 AM
    A powerful poem Joshua. Great stuff. Kaye x