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I DO NOT DESERVE YOU

I send you forth into the enemy’s embrace
I bid you luck but hold on to your hope
I give you boots but chain you to the ground
I hand you bullets but tell you when to shoot
And you fight – for me, for country, for honour

You do not deserve this, I do not deserve you

I scream out ‘attack’, and you trot forward
Rushing to death in your rubber slippers
I send you out in the dead of the night
But take out your eyes and sell it for booze
And you repel the enemy – for me, for country

You do not deserve this, I do not deserve you

I charge you, daily, to defend your people
I train you for war yet kit you for a dance
You die in battle but I declare you missing
The enemy – not me – shows mercy as you die of thirst

You do not deserve this, I do not deserve you

I take your pay and stuff my mouth full
I pack your wage and share with my concubines
You dare not speak, you reborn zombie
You dare not act for worse doom awaits you
And you take on my wars and fight for the land

You do not deserve this, I do not deserve you

I feed you with meals unfit for beggars
I leave you in need, without supplies
Make you a prey for blind insurgents
Who watch you chew on your fallen brother

You do not deserve this, I do not deserve you

As you return home with scars of war
I praise your kills in the forest of sand
But leave you to nurse your wounds alone
As slugs carve homes inside of you
And you never protest – you lick your sore in quiet disquiet

Why fight for me if it pays you not?
Why carry my cross if it makes you weak?
Why die for me if you’ll have no peace?




Kolapo Olapoju is a poet, editor, content creator and brand strategist. He is passionate about literature, media and arts. Until February 2019, he was deputy editor of The Cable Newspaper. Although he was snatched away from her and spent the past seven years in the brash arms of journalism, poetry remains his first love.



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