Okah Ewah Edede – Because We Were Soldiers
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