Ugonna Wachuku

LAST MINEFIELD!

Another new dawn.
Hope unbound.
Early morning dews
and wet leaves
embrace me on my
glad way to the farm
on ancestral lands of
home and upliftment.

This new day, life
is born anew in my
being. Whistling
pines and singing
birds herald my
journey to the
farm.

Through the calm,
village bush path, I
make my way carrying
my hoe, mattock and
machete for a hopeful
day at the farm.

I view welcoming palm
trees and luring palm
fruits and cocoanuts
on this refreshing new
morning. I take the next
step:

Gboooommmnnnn!!!!

I am thrown into the
bush – way out of the
hopeful village path
Streams of blood and
pain cloud my vision.
My legs have been blown
off by a landmine on our
village bush path to the
farm:

Pain and sorrow will be
my watchword through life.
Scars unhidden will serve
as tearful reminders of
my bloody day with that
heartless landmine. Yet,
so many are dead. And
like me cannot tell
their story. But this
new day and forever,
I’ll be their voice:
The world wide web
cryer unwavering!

Yet humanity moves
ahead with this
deadly weapon on
the village bush
path. Sorrow and
pain respects no
one in the fatal
bossom of these
landmines strewn
across the earth.

Let us, now, rise
with peaceful oneness
and make this mine on
my village bush path
the last landmine.
Let us rise, this new
morning, and bid goodbye
to minefields across our
beautiful blue earth.

Please, come with me,
join all women and
men of goodwill. This
new morning, let us rise
and rid our green pastures
and meadow sea shores of
landmine evil. Stand with
me – this new dawn of hope,
love and caring oneness
amongst humankind.

This new dawn, let this
be the last minefield
on our green pastures
and meadow sea shores.

This new dawn, humanity,
please, listen to my
heart-broken voice
crying through the
world wide web –
chanting: Let this
be the last
minefield
on
beaming
blue
planet
earth!

See my
teardrops
of sorrow
and pain
for the
survival
of
h
u
m
a
n
k
i
n
d
!
!
!
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