Guns & Roses–for Lucky Dube

images-Lucky Dube

i chanted

to your music

in that Nairobi-

kitchen

in a cloudy Christmas

time.

why should you

die

by the gun?

you brought us

the gospel

of the

roots-people

from the continent

of my mothers

and my heart…

and i

had more hope

then,

being closer

to my source—

my people.

why

should you

die

by the gun?

i saw you here

on this soil—

but it is different

here—

far from home

and the

holiday

dancehall crowds

that celebrate

The Word.

here they

are

silenced

by food

and drink

and the quiet

of their sleeping

spirits.

but i am here

remembering you

playing your music:

‘Guns and Roses’

in this trash-melee;

why

should you

so powerful,

so beautiful.

so proud

die

by

the

gun?

 

©Linda Tauhid

2/3/13

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