100 Sailors Series: If sanctions on Zimbabwe were inefficient

Remembering Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe (Poetry Theme)

 

By Takudzwa Chikepe

 

My question is…
If sanctions were inefficient
Why do we still have them
To date?

Have we ever given the developed
World_some sanctions or any
Sanctions at all?

And do we even know
What sanctions are?
Or why we are
Under
Sanctions?
And what benefits
Are they to us?

At first it was…
We were taken
From our own land
Out of our own will
And no one was
Sanctioned
For it!

Then
We worked
Hard like animals
For nothing
Developing
Development
And no one was
Sanctioned
For it!

Our land
And wealth
Were taken away
From us forcefully
And unjustly and
No one was
Sanctioned
For it!

Our prosperity
Changed to
Being
Monitized
Into different
Currencies_us
Being poor
And you
Being rich
And no one
Was sanctioned
For it!

Now everything
Has changed
No one
From
Developed
Countries
Struggle
To come
To Africa
At any
Given
Time!
But us
Being
Required
Of all sorts
Of visas
Being screened
You are able and
You are not able
And no one is being
Sanctioned for it!

Africa!
Have we now
Proven to be broke
To an extent that we
Will never ever sustain
Ourselves?

Or
We are
Agreeing to
The notion that
We will do anything
That needs to be done
By anyone for the sake of
Not being hungry a single day
And for the sake of development
Which we will never catch up
To_ourselves?

Sanctions!

Who has the right
To place sanctions on us?

Sanctions!

Is it a form of international
Development scheme
We failing to
Understand
Or utilize?

Because
For us we will never
Sanction you!

It is never
Our solution
Of solving your
Problems on
Your behalf!

Would you need us
To solve your problems
For you? Yes we can
And yes we can!

Although
It is not necessary
For we busy healing
Our country’s wounds
To better health!

From these
Destroying
Sanctions
You have
Placed
Upon
Us!

You
Wanted
Us dead!
All gone all
Dead!

But!
Guess what
Here we are
Still going stronger
And stronger
For the
Hand
Of
The
Lord
Is
Upon
Our lives!

Even if
You are
The brightest
People in this world
That will not make you
gods over us!

For us!
We were
Created before
You discovered us!

And in the very end
We will naturally
Die before you
Kill us!

Please!
Take away
Your sanctions
For yourselves
And leave us be
The best we
Can be out
Of ourselves!

And who knows?
Maybe better…
Than all
Your
Dreams
For our
Well
Being
Being
Being!

“Sanctions”

#VaChikepe:The Poet

Inspired By: Remembering Cde. Robert Gabriel Mugabe (Poetry Theme)
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