We Did Not Die Yesterday


We did not die yesterday.
We died long before today

We died the day Okonkwo raped Ngozi

The day we decided to cover his sins

That was the day we died.
We died the day Kajola was taken to jail

The day we cried and begged for bail

Even though we knew not what he did

And we never bothered to know

That was the day we died
We did not die yesterday

We died the day we saw Principal’s son

And then exempted his from chores

And gave him extra food for lunch

Just to win his love and favour.
We did not die yesterday, Chiamaka

We died the day we saw nothing wrong in partiality

The day we ignored the truth 

And fell in love with the white lie

The day Ansa was beaten by Master for doing nothing

The day cheating became a normality

We did not die yesterday, ‘Amaka

We died many years ago

And we have since lived as ghosts

We did not die yesterday

We died the day we silenced the truth.

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7 thoughts on “We Did Not Die Yesterday

  1. We really first when we kept the truth within us.

    Nice read. I’ll love to write about how we can come alive again. Let’s Try that together…

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