One cow is equal to one soul;
One soul is equal to one cow
We are all cows walking on the street,
All souls are cows the Namas said!
Kill one cow they will kill two souls,
Our grasses their cows graze on fearlessly.
Fearlessly they took our wells in their hand
Leaving our rivers bleeding helplessly here.
We are not Cows to be slaughtered here,
We have our rights in this Egg-ful world.
See us not as funeral cows who must take,
Obey any blow that comes to its body lines.
Until we confiscate the cargo ships
That cart away their senses to the Saharas
They will still see us as cows they can whip
And kill and no one would ask them why or how.
When will we stop rubbing the lazy palms
Honourably in the Mother land that kills us?
Have they ever seen us with grasses in our mouth?
Have they ever seen us defecating in an open place?
We don’t have four legs, horns, tail and big mouth!
Stop the act and see us not as once a brethren
Trying to steal some sinful glances at your
Tomatoes, groundnuts, wheat, and cucumber!
We are not cows to be slaughtered at will!
I know there has been a great deal said,
I know of a great deal of hope written
But let it also be told to them that we are not cows.
—-Another Voice Stronger
(C) John Chizoba Vincent
Voice of Vincent 2016