A Collection of Original Poetry by Students of Ladysmith High School

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Tutsi Tears ~ Zamasomi Msomi

Mother Run, Father seek refuge, Child be still lest they hear and kill you
There! There!-Listen
Sounds of cockroaches, they say
Find, Catch, Kill
Use Knife, Rifle or Machete 
Kill all Tutsi blood
Mother, Father, Child
Mother Run, Father seek refuge, Child cries what wrong have we done
What sin have we committed?
Oh! Won’t you spare us 
We promise not to be tutsi anymore 
We promise to be good 
We will change our skin colour
We no longer will be light
We will even grow short
Just like Hutus
Spare us, Spare us
God save us 
Love protect us 
World hear us 
Rhwanda spare us
Mother Run, Father seek refuge, Child be still lest they hear and kill you
Neighbours kill neighbours 
Friends kill friends
Streets flow of blood 
Blood of you and I 
I and you
Tutsi and Hutu
Hutu and Tutsi
Lying bare in the streets of Rwanda 
Lies bodies of unloved and forgotten 
Men, and women, aunts and uncles, cousin and… 
me
As I lie on the dusty ground 
Feeling the rays of the scorching sun
I yell for 
Mother to Run, Father to seek refuge, Child to keep still lest they hear and kill her



© Somi Msomi 



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