The Condemned (A Poem)

By Themba Mvula

A war within my flesh

Love and hatred I keep

Like salt and water I bring pain

For in heaven neither exist

The fallen shall rise again on victory

Only to fall again harder this time

Why throw the beast on our turf

When we are hopeless ourselves

Why punish us with temptation again

When we failed in the very first instance

With eyes those of an eagle

You search for the good within us

From vipers and serpents we hide

From truth and knowledge we learn nothing

Deeper into the dark abyss I hear gnashing of teeth

My fellow brethren keep calm

Make sure your sword is sharpened

For today our oppressors come forth

With everything we shall face them

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