Gather The Children

Tags: 
Xenophobia
SA
Zimbabwe
Nigeria
Somalia
Ethiopia
Zimbabwean Poetry
Batsirai E Chigama

 

Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria
claim your children
not the prodigal sons and daughters
hunting for gold in fields not their own

NO
I mean the ones you exiled, choked with despair
drove across borders with shamboks of hunger
now they gingerly carry the stripes even as death surrounds them
Claim your children Somalia
the ones you gave away for adoption
forgot to reclaim
The ones you forced never to remember home
for the pain you inflicted was too much to bear
Claim your children Africa, claim your children
claim them today in their sorrow, in their loss
amidst the wailing and burning tyres on flesh
claim them, you have no time to moan
gather their whispering souls together
before they are hushed, become soil
in that land where their blood has no value.

#LetsMakeLoveNotWar

©Batsirai E Chigama, 2015