How Long? - Poem by Hemiy Legacy
How long shall we lose our loved ones?
While we stand aside and look
How long will those tears keep rolling down our faces?
While we stand aside and keep quiet
We are the victims every time
We have troubles now and again
One time we had to deal with apartheid
And we were the victims of the situation
The anger and hatred we had by then
Have brought us nothing but misery and civil division
Barbarism from men abusing women and children
Uncouth and unruly crime ahead of us
While we face the heartless HIV/AIDS
Still destroying the lifetime of togetherness
Let us unite against being divided
Some belong to some political parties
But I belong to one poetical party
How long shall every night somebody cry?
Abusive conduct is violation of Ubuntu
Murder against innocent people is taboo
Women and child rape is a barbaric period
But to some men it is an introduction of manhood
Day-in day-out somebody has to die
While we sit down and wait for the next one
Everywhere in the world people are fighting for freedom
Nobody knows what is right or wrong
When this all started, you and I were not there
We don't know where is this coming from or going
I'm not saying this because of my innocence
But I'm thinking of the lives we lose
Therefore, the question lies on our faces
How long shall it take? How long?
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