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Below is the poem entitled I CRIED, I LAUGH which was written by poet Esson Alumbugu. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I cried beneath our sacred 
When those lions were 
brought amongst our sheep
When our house was 
divided by three and yet by 
When our ancient shield 
was stolen by a heartless 

I cried when our three clan 
heads, united by greed
Bid us sing many ancestral 
war songs
Bid us poison the one 
communal water pond.

I cried; a tiny ant trapped 
between three fuming 
All set for battle
All spurred on by the three 
whispering serpents
Clutching a trident; two 
horns and a flaming tail.

I cried when my clan of pure 
Burnt down its home for the 
crescent and the cross.
I cried; for how could 
foreign waters be thicker 
than our blood?
I cried when those toothless 
lions desecreted our one 
sacred destiny.

Now I laugh, the bitter 
laughter of a long 
conquered eunuch 
For I see my end
A drowned ant in a sea of 
elephant blood
In a broken home
divided by three and yet by 

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