By Celestine Nudanu

No man should be silenced with a knee

nor with guns, nor with a word.

for the freedom to breathe is a given

and freedom to express should be free

like the very air we breathe

words are powerful

so is silence

so is the will to be heard

above the din of the silence

when silence becomes golden

it loses its lustre

as one people all over

our words must be the voice

for the voiceless

as poets

our words must

break taboos

crack whips and ceilings

reach out unbend those knees

that stifle the very air we breathe

for breathe, we must.

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