Zimbabwe

they say they waited for 18 eighteen years[1]
‘for justice’ they say
the white world clamored for them.
I waited for justice for 180 years
no one cared
the white world connived
the red world kept mum.
I took justice in my hand
reclaimed my land
the white world came down on me
the red world kept mum.
I don’t care.
I’ve put down the white bible
and picked up the red gun.
never again will I kneel down
never again will I bow down

January 18, 2018


  1. This comment followed the overthrow of the former President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and assumption of power by Mnangagwa who promised to settle the issue of compensation

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Poems for the Penniless Copyright © 2019 by Issa G Shivji. All Rights Reserved.

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