Iftekhar Sayeed

How Many Savimbis?

He cashed in on the clash of two ideas, ‎
A business opportunity that turned
A student of medicine into killer.‎
He couldn’t cash out; his cache of arms ran out, ‎
As did his luck, and, above all, his friends. ‎
Angolans celebrated on the streets
When his dead body, bullet-riddled, was
Broadcast – live – on his coveted TV. ‎
How many Savimbis have I seen die
Trying to turn an ideology
Into a business plan? The new idea, ‎
Freedom, turns students into killers
Here, in my country; the bottom line
Accrues to westerners and savvy patriots.‎

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Poem Edited: Monday, February 7, 2011

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