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Dark

It is dark! I could not see
I grasp on the night and I held on to objects that I know not of so tight
Dark! I hear strange voices from afar
but I see not their faces
Because evil is upon  our land and darkness
covers so many places
And our knowledge is limited 
because we live in darkness
Like the colour of our skin 
Our heart is like charcoal and we are blinded by selfishness and greed
And we hinder ourselves from reaching the ultimate goal
We are consumed by hell's fire
Because we have decided to trade our soul
Like the great hunter that sets a trap for an antelope 
It is dark and he is caught by his own net  because he lacks
He lacks the wisdom
But one day we reached the cross road between darkness and light
And good and evil
We met angels whose skin were as white as snow
These men of ivory have seen the light
And their eyes shone like the sun
Oh! see the glow
And they exposed us to those alien ways
And we cherished those good old colonial days
Because our minds were dark
Our ivory brethren soon depart and left us to take charge of our fate and again
Greed and selfishness
Consumed our thoughts and these brought corruption, decay and rot
It is dark and the more we try to be like the creature
The more we met our destruction
Why conceive the monster of Frankenstein
Capitalism is like a wild fire  or a flame that burns a corpse on the funeral pyre
When it is unguarded it will burn its maker
And the corpse will one day bury the undertaker
Doom looms!
And the whole world should be warned
For in a 1000 years from now 
Great poverty and corruption will be reborn
The dehumanization of the entire human race
While the rich and the powerful will migrate to a safer place
To a planet which was once desolate and deserted
While our beloved earth becomes a hell and there nothing this dark minded ogres can not sell
Animals and planets are all extinct except for the man made mutants
The genetically created
Dolly was a sheep and there is no use that cloning should be debated
it is dark and I have nothing to eat
And I try my hands on suicide 
But manage to cheat
It is dark and capitalism rules
Africa becomes a market and a land of great fools
Where foreign made trash are dumped like heaps of sand
And the future is turned backwards by the hands of man
It is dark and natives never try to think
Listen carefully to be my children may what I am about to say will sink

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