FIREFLIES UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

Photo:  Kenya post-election violence, 2008*

 

Nepotism and lies

Of those that claim

Corruption and tribal ties

Do not exist,

Insist

They’re made up.

The Powerful prioritise

Personal gain under political guise.

 

A suffering nation defies

Democracy’s demise

And generations of apathy with

Anarchy.

 

Those who defy are

Crushed like flies.

 

The promise of hope slowly dies,

Like fireflies under African skies.

 

 

 

*The United Nations estimates that there are still as many as 17,000 internally displaced refugees in Kenya.  The next presidential elections are scheduled for March 2013.

 

(A while ago I read somewhere on WordPress the phrase ‘fireflies under African skies’ and it stuck with me and partly inspired the piece above.  Sorry, I can’t remember whose blog it was, but thank you, and if it was you, please let me know, so that I can thank you personally).

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About Alex Barton

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6 Responses to FIREFLIES UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

  1. boomiebol says:

    Love this…love it

  2. Wow, this is powerful and brutal. I like the way you use the same rhyme to hammer home the point. Good stuff.

  3. Pingback: WAITING FOR DAWN | newsrealpoetry

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