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Let No One Steal Your Song

by Stephen Emmanuel Ogboh

your voice is your voice

let your battlecry
be stronger than every lie
let your outcry
echo above the sky

your song is your song

if it is a threnody
sing it
let it slake the thirst in your deepest parts
and stitch the cracks on your fissured heart

if it is a melody
make it
like a baptised emblem
learns to sing and bark
sing it
like a freed titlark
sings a scratched anthem

your voice is not theirs
your song is not theirs

let no one strangle your voice
let no one steal your song
make it sing it
it’s yours off-key or not

Copyright © 2019 by Stephen Emmanuel Ogboh

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