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Declaration by Uchechukwu Onyedikam/Christina Chin

The Declaration

empty belly —

the labourers make noise

still noise

remain under

oppressive rule

muted —

guns silencing us

helmets & boots


of human rights

make no difference

bombs blast

everywhere we go

from the past


the drafts differing

from regions

lifeless —

strapped to my back

he's not dead

flee to flood-prone


at the traffic light

tapping on my windshield

a teenage beggar

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