Just because there’s no war
Doesn’t mean there’s peace
Because we are not dead
Doesn’t mean we are living
Just because we aren’t crying
Doesn’t mean we are happy
Because we are smiling
Doesn’t mean we aren’t feeling the pain too
Just because we try to be normal
Doesn’t mean we aren’t possessed
Because we flow with the tide
Doesn’t mean the system is okay
Just because we dine and wine together
Doesn’t mean we are equal
Because you don’t feel the heat
Doesn’t mean we don’t vibe with speed
Just because there no room for madness
Doesn’t mean we are not crazy here
Because we stay cool
Don’t think we can’t get really hot.
Some of us are really trying hard to be normal
You have no idea.
Written by AbdulAfeez Ibraheem, 2016 used by permission. He blogs at Iread. Check his poetry out, you will be glad you did.
Footnote: My friend was able to capture the heart of many Nigerians in these words. I hope my friends in the diaspora reads this.
God bless you all!