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For “amebos”, self assured critics and to the faultless ones who magnify the faults and sins of others!

Speak softly and of the dead
speak slowly of the stiff and still
Of those whose voices stilled now into permanent silence
suffocated by depth and stuffed with sand
yet refuse to be still

Speak softly of the dead, of those
Whose silent tongues tug at the sleeves of our conscience

Speak softly of the living, slowly speak
Speak softly of their wrongs which you see clearly
with your assured lenses and your clean sanitised soul

Speak low, softly and slowly of their follies even as you have none
speak softly of their wines, wenches and wives
of their waywardness, of their wickedness and their weaknesses
of their wiles and woes, of their filth and their follies
and their unworthiness even as you are clean

Speak softly and slowly of the dead and of the living
for so too shall the living dead speak of you
when beneath the sand and earth
eyes open but blank and not seeing
ears though open yet deaf as wood
you see them and hear them
you struggle to re-speak the wrongs you spoke
when your tongue was free and swift and slippery
and your pen was quick and easy, broad and loud
wild and wicked

Then shall you recall and regret the twists you gave to life
the lives you wrecked and the nerves you wracked
the shreds and tears you wreaked on the fabric of souls and persons
whose causes you loved to hate
and the smears and smudges you made on lives and those
whose histories you mangled

speak softly of the dead
since in death, your eyes free of life’s jaundice,
your soul purified by the freshness of the grave
and the fresh scent of the raw sand
you may struggle with tongues then stiff as steel
and hands heavy as timber
to revisit the past present, to right the wrongs you wrought,
and in vain
to heal the hurts you may have caused


Written By: Noel Ihebuzor (@Naitwt)

“If we all understood that everyone has their own battles to fight, insecurities to face, loves to contend and goals to attain, the world would be a gentler place”

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