Don’t keep mute and mourn
When your soul is sour
When your tears tumble as torrents
Cry out and cringe not.
Refuse to be a hermit
When your conscience is seared
Like a child under discipline you withdraw
Cry out and refuse to cringe.
Refuse to be cowered by grief
Intimidated by oppression and opposition
When crippling loneliness strikes
Instead, cry out and live
Resist the lure of self-condemnation
Or the seduction of arrogance
When you fall prey to stigmatization
Then, it is time to cry out.
Refuse the false relish of laziness
Or the hypocritical honey of unproductivity
Lest the world leave you behind
Now is the season to cry out.
Written by: Passy Amaraegbu
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson