7TH. by NDUKWE ONUOHA

It’s the 7th again
The anniversary of pain
When in the heat of emotion
We ignited the flame
Though we were warned
We refused to heed
Now, a thousand years later
We are slaves to our greed.

 

It’s the 7th again
The anniversary of youth 
When despite all pleas 
We strayed from truth
Now, in aged wisdom
And with ragged sprite
We curse the years
When we loved to fight.

 

It’s the 7th again
The anniversary of life
Of the freedom we had
And expressed in strife
Now, with voices hoarse
From shouting to the deaf
We gnash our teeth
And watch their death.

 

It’s the 7th again
The anniversary of pain
Of truth, of youth,
And all lost gain.
It’s the 7th again
And we are all born anew
But will die in this flame
Again and again.

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