Ironies In History

Once the freedom fighters have been hanged as the oppressors,
And the resistance fighters have been exiled,
Once the taxpayers have been enslaved,
And photos of the natives have been archived and others used to decorate the museum walls-
As the last trace of black skin
As the last memories of a people that once were,
And the forest trees of been replaced with heavy tombstones
And the language of our ancestors has been quietened in eternal slumber.
Once the country has been set on fire
And the burning will be the children
The last trace of a nation that would have been, could have been.
The last trace of humanity.

They will recount the tale of a leader named freedom.
And the pitiful trek to slavery,
To maiming.

Georginah Ndanu
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