By Mahbubat Kanyinsola Salahudeen
Not once, not ever
did we imagine life
would find us like this
Did we not think
we would be the ones to stand
and fight for what we must?
We had thought
we would be the ones to find it
the values, equality, dignity, and decency
coupled with respect
Once a shore of possibilities
now a scorched ground with
dissected hopes carted away
you are the battle front line, red-blooded, thick-skinned
armed with expectations of humanity,
articulations of suffering, hopes raised then crashed
The guns may stay silent
but you will not
for many upheavals of yesteryears
you've bade with mirth
We stand with you,
we cry with you,
we dream and scream with you
For you remain the strength
in the noises that our life makes
and because of that
we can still hold hands
and talk quietly about the kindness of hearts
and the goodness that lies within
Because of you
we can still become the reminder to rules
that human rights exist
and belong to us all
Because of you
we soar high like the eagle
the wind, the strength behind our wings
Dare to live it out!
We stand by you
as you prevail through stumbling blocks of yonder
also, these trying times you'll conquer
Mahbubat Kanyinsola Salahudeen is a writer, spoken word artist, poet, and human rights activist. She is a Communication and Language Arts student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She has works featured and forthcoming with Spillwords, Poetry Anthology, Biscuit Hills, Mudroom, Ice Flow Press, and elsewhere. Besides storytelling, she is intrigued by music, sports, catering, and historical movies. She is a 2021 Girl Up Scholarship Fund Recipient, a 2021 Girl Up Project Award Recipient, and a winner of the 2021 IHRAF Creators of Literary Justice Award.
17/7/2022 09:24:37 pm
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21/7/2022 09:31:15 am
This is beautifully written. You will conquer...
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