A poem - The Lekki Massacre #EndSARS#

Taiwo Racheal
Posted October 30, 2020 from Nigeria

 

And their silence is so loud our ears are ringing.

Ringing from the cries of our heroes

Heroes whose only crime was demanding for a better life

Life that ought to be sweet but has been sour for too long

Long enough to threaten our very existence

Existence that should be of essence in a sane world

World that ought to strive to be better and peaceful

Peaceful and generous to those with strong spirit

Spirit that pushes far beyond expectation but now sleeping in the spirit world

World of the permanently silent, silenced by several means

Means by which history is set,

Set on 20-10-2020 night

Night to remember not to forget that unjust murders were committed and

And their silence is so loud our ears remain ringing.

Quote

Peace is a façade working up a storm. The resolve to keep doing business as usual might as well start a volcano. Peace is not a wish but something we must work on morally, habitually and humanely

-Taiwo Racheal Adetunji 2020

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Nini Mappo
Oct 30
Oct 30

Hello Rachael,
Thank you for this sad poem in continued advocacy for peace, and the grief at such uncalled for loss of life. May we have no more martyrs in Nigeria. May peace and justice be swift and complete.
I stand with Nigeria.

Taiwo Racheal
Oct 30
Oct 30

Thank you Nini for your kind words. I pray we truly achieve the peace we all deserve

Andrace
Oct 31
Oct 31

Hi Sis,
I love your quote "...Peace is a façade working up a storm. The resolve to keep doing business as usual might as well start a volcano. Peace is not a wish but something we must work on morally, habitually and humanely." The situation in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon and Nigeria is truly very sad.

"And their silence is so loud our ears remain ringing."

Thank you for raising your voice. We must not be silent, neither would we accept defeat. Victory is sure because, there is a God who rules in the affairs of men-amen.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 01
Nov 01

Thank you so much for taking out the time to read this. It really is disheartening to see the level of violence in our countries. However we will remain resolute in our stance to bring injustice to books and hold perpetrators accountable.

UCHE LIN
Nov 05
Nov 05

This is a bleeding poem and it shall continue to remain green in our memories even for the generations to come! 20th October 2020 was a black Tuesday in Nigeria where harmless and peaceful protesters' were massacre at #LekkiTollgate Lagos, Nigeria. The blood of the innocent souls shall continue to haunt those who were involved in this organized crime.
We couldn't do anything to remedied the situation but the day of reckoning is coming...The perpetrators shall dully pay in thousands folds. The world has seen how the Nigerian flag was soaked with blood of the innocent protesters while singing our National Anthem.
We shall continue to crave for peace. With Peace and justice, we shall overcome!
Thank you sis for sharing!

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 06
Nov 06

So true sis, we will continue to keep it green. Thank you for your kind words

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Nov 08
Nov 08

We all rise our voice by saying : Stop the massacre around the world.
Be strong my dear Racheal

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 08
Nov 08

Thank you Muvunyi, we will never keep silent in the face of oppression

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 08
Nov 08

Dear Rachael,
"And their silence is so loud our ears remain ringing." Your poem is a call for action. We must find ways to raise our voices together with enough strength to create an end to the violence in your country.

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 16
Nov 16

Certainly Tamarack. Thank you for making out time to read this poem.

Nathaly
Nov 10
Nov 10

This is the first contribution I am reading on World Pulse. While reading, my body, my skin reacted with a shiver. Your words so powerful and sad, your message clear, PEACE for Nigeria.
Speak up, Taiwo Racheal.
I - and hopefully many others - pray for protection for you and all those working on making PEACE a reality.

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 16
Nov 16

Thank you Nathaly for your kind words and yes, we will keep raising our voices until peace is achieved

MUKABA ZAWADI
Nov 10
Nov 10

courage et va de l'avant

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 16
Nov 16

Merci madame. tu es trés gentille

Samuel Aladetan
Nov 10
Nov 10

Brutality is the odd reality about how human plays god on others.

We stand to say No to Brutality.

Humanity must win.

Kudos Taiwo

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 16
Nov 16

Thank you Sam for your kind words and yes humanity will definitely win

Paulina Nayra
Nov 10
Nov 10

Dear Racheal,
"Life that ought to be sweet but has been sour for too long". Very sad. No one deserves a sour life. I am at loss for words. I can only pray for justice for the victims. And the perpetrators of violence be held accountable for their actions.
Huggs.

Taiwo Racheal
Nov 16
Nov 16

Thank you Paulina for your kind words and yes perpetrators will be held accountable even if it takes forever for this to be achieved