Poem: The river runs deep

By Brian Kamanzi (@BrianIKamanzi)

 

Blood.

Red.

Red.

Drops

.

.

.

Connected. Drops.

Falling from bodies

Of weapon punctured. Lungs.

Hurt by guns.

Of conquerors.

 

Over time. Over time.

 

Forming streams.

Blood.

Red.

Red.

Streams

Through the soil. Rich soil.

Now,

Mined by hands.

Painted black.

By Arms.

Of “he”

Who called himself white.

 

Palms. From the Palms.

Digging. Through rich sands.

Leak the blood.

Red.

Red.

Creeping into..

 

Growing streams.

Bleeding.

From the woman.

Who,

Over time. Over time.

Fought.

For her freedom.

Fought.

For the man.

Both. Painted black.

And yet –

He. Himself.

Grew obsessed.

To rid the taint. Of the paint.

On his skin.

 

He betrayed her.

 

With his hard hands. That dug rich sands.

He lifted weapons.

And punctured lungs.

 

Over time. Over time.

 

Filling streams.

Red.

Red.

The river runs deep.

 

Flowing.

Into. Soil.

Cutting borders.

Crafting lines.

For the Man.

Who claimed the land.

His Kingdom.

 

From,

The rivers.

Running deep.

Began. To grow.

Life.

Concrete trees. Thoughts.

Complex. Life.

Sand.

Sand.

Sand.

Upon which. We now stand.

Complex. In our life.

 

Red.

Red.

Blood.

Flowing from our punctured lungs.

Drowning..

Unable to breathe.

The river runs deep.

 

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