Expansive plains littered with lost lives, tin and bricks scattered, stranded
Homes shaped of what was tossed away by others, human and object indiscernible
Weathered faces with cracks and crinkles, splotches of colours and scars
Arrogant, bombastic banners and buildings boom: imposed by slave drivers in blood-covered suits
Rumbles of empty stomachs reverberate raucously in skeletal frames
And yet, a flicker
Jubilant eruptions with holey-grins as children gallivant through rubble and debris
Uncontainable contentment in the peace of a grandmother watching over them
All-consuming passion filling defiant daughters abandoned by disinterested dear-ones
How is it possible?
Rich resource of life and abundance trapped in bias and prejudice
False perceptions, fake love and forbidden interaction forcing it away
Foolish ones! Fear not! Face yourself!
The hope you seek is buried under the lies of those who seek to keep you under
The hope you seek has been formed under the crushing weight you set on other people
The hope you seek is in them, it is in you: God ingrained, God-inspired, God-breathed
Open your arms! Release your greed! Fill yourself anew!
Hope burns when your brother is embraced, your sister supported, your elders upheld.
Reclaim your people! Reclaim them: your home, your hope.