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Damned From Conception: Libyan Slaves

We are born without futures
birthed to die
in between our mother’s legs
Or later
choked on their lifeless breasts
Accursed realities, crushed into mangled shards
while still dreams in our ancestors’ hearts
We are beasts of no wild,
hoping for zoos
and their fame-ordaining paparazzi
or circuses
and their wealthy attendees
But how are we to live
To ever learn to crawl
And eventually, plunge the eternal skies flying
If each time we attempt to better our end
We are price-tagged
inhumanly auctioned off
to misery and stern horror?

Poem authored by Gerry Sikazwe from Zambia

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