Silenced Wild by Hasheem Deza from Malawi

Shiii! There they come
Roaring in triumph
stay close and
don’t make a sound
the wild defeated,
surrendered the crowns
hail the reigning lions

Shiii! There they come
bursting out victors
stay dumb and
don’t make a voice
the Jews have no tongues
Hitler speaks and
we node our hornless heads

Shiii! the tales’ plot
stays rolling in our shut minds
bound to walls of the hearts
feeding on us like wood on fire
neither to be spoken of
nor befriended to ink and papers
all silenced to the cemetery

By Hasheem Deza, Malawi (Written April, 2020)