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Lelyanotleyla

Kenya

Faith.

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Don't forget why you started

I DID NOT DIE FOR THIS

August 21, 2019

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I did not jump off ships, 
for my daughters to feel ugly under my captor's gaze.

I did not hang in the courtyards of my masters,
for my sons to cower under their regime.

I did not get shot in the fields for yearning to taste freedom,
for my children to stare into the barrels of the same guns.

And I know I did not educate my children for freedom,
for my descendants to educate theirs for slavery,

because I took the marsh* for them to take a stand.

I fought for freedom because I know royalty doesn't stop
running through our veins because the white man extended his kingdom.

His mistake was not seeing our power,
I did not die for my children to be blind to it too.

I did not die for this.
*take the marsh: this is a reference to the mass suicide at Igbo landing.

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