Okah Ewah Edede – Because We Were Soldiers

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Because We Were Soldiers

The orders were to march north.

Though we were a rag-tag of hungry mouths,

We took up positions to save the South

From the encroachment of iron wraths;

As children of war, we couldn’t show our fears;

For, we were meant to be brave soldiers.

We were soldiers, no doubt, we were,

Yet, we were also infants and victims of war.

Though many of us are no longer here,

This tale is meant for those pilgrims

Killers killed as to-be killers:

They were the untrained soldiers.

Up North we encountered hail.

Bullets rained upon us incessantly.

Hunger, our companion, made us frail.

Lo, the march turned deadly,

But no one heard our tearful whimpers

Because we were soldiers


Okah Ewah Edede

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1 Comment

  1. Sofia Kioroglou

    June 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This is a great poem! It really gave me goosepimples. Poignant and evocative. Nice work!

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