Written by Omofolawe Tobun
as children, we were taught freedom
is a genetic disease, shackles that left
our land in oblivion, the sword that conquered
our mother’s land & shackled us into slavery.
as children, we were made to crawl
with our heads on our backs,
and our feet in the air,
and our hands on the ground looking for no lost crumbs.
as children, we were taught — by our parents that we are a progeny to dirges,
that we spurted from the belly of lamentations.
now, we leap in the rhythm of a bird,
in the chortles of a freed feather.
we rise like the sun over dusk
in the rhythm of a freed feather.