The fourth addition to the BLVCK series, titled BLVCK Voices,

A collaboration with 14 African writers, who demand for their voices to be heard in the mist of all the silence.

So kindly lend an ear and Listen to the Voices.

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Black monarch, fly away, fly away

The world we live in isn’t a safe place

Black monarch, fly away, fly away

You came too soon, come again on another day

You are world leaders without titles

Young revolutionaries considered political rivals

The world goes to hell because those in power do nothing for the people

So it’s left to little girls with big afros to address the matters and raise awareness

Left to academics who become prison regulars and recognized social saints

College residence heroes circulating ranting videos refusing to stay around sexually violent unquestioned criminals

Innocent till proven guilty but allowed to torment the victim

Bare breasted protesters carrying more than big mounds are ridiculed for standing for something

While others fall for everything, every false promise, political garbage, recycled nonsense and repeated slogans

Democracy has become a synonym for capitalism

Corruption undermines state legitimacy and service delivery

Issues relating to those in lower tax brackets are marginalized

Education is said to be the key to success yet it has become a substandard

Students march, assemblies held, agreements made, all forgotten with little effort

Monarchs who continue to fight, are made martyrs

Categorized as trouble makers, attention seekers

Freestyle flowing, pen to paper word forming and note singing individuals are labeled talentless because their words voice the thoughts of the people

The ones treated unequalled

So they go silenced behind walls of ignored but deserved cries for impeachment

Ex leader becoming varsity chancellor

If this is an endeavor to produce the next president in a controlled environment

Then I endorse it

I don’t know if this will reach the right eyes

But I know it would open more minds if someone famous wrote it

Mama said, black monarch, fly away, fly away

The world we live in isn’t a safe place

Black monarch, fly away, fly away

They’ll hate you, get away, run away

 

Jade Novelist ©️ 2017
To read more poems from the #BLVCKInk, you can visit and download the anthology:
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Guns sounding, bullets flying

Children under tables

Huddled in close proximity

That was my last memory of mother telling me she loves me

Letting us know there was a chance we wouldn’t make it through

The tanks marched in the streets

Causing the ground to rumble beneath us

She said this was the fault of bad men with a lack luster love for power

A war that was pointless and the soldiers killing my friends were victims

Mother is a forgiving woman, I was a son who struggled with forgetting

Stun grenades, sheltered behind smoke screens hid the blood rivers

But the screams echoed unsilenced

Like sirens they called to me

Mothers eyes prayed for my safety

And my hearts amen rang loud like the door I slammed behind me

As my feet moved from steps to paces

Joining the sea of protesting faces

All of them reminders of the self induced military mission I have pledged to take part in

As we march on, our voices harmonized

Songs sung, on empty stomachs by bodies fueled by rage

Directed at oppressors who felt their language was more important than our own

Songs sung by a united people, moments mimicking funerals

Moments preceding mass funerals

Suppression fire raining down on South African youths singing their negro spirituals

Seconds moving so fast, events happening in rapid succession

Oh my god, what happened to Hector Peterson

Some when else, 40 seconds moving so fast

Interrupted attempts at genocide

Massacre never to be forgotten

Hearts struggling to forgive

And even though mother had a forgiving heart

She never forgave those who never acknowledged the sacrifice of her son who never forgets

 

Jade Novelist ©️ 2017
To read more poems from the #BLVCKInk, you can visit and download the anthology:
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