Thought on June 26 by Mazisi Kunene

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Was I wrong when I thought

All shall be avenged?

Was I wrong when I thought

The rope of iron holding the neck of young bulls

Shall be avenged?

Was I wrong

When I thought the orphans of sulphur

Shall rise from the ocean?

Was I depraved when I thought there need not be love,

There need not be forgiveness, there need not be progress,

There need not be goodness on the earth,

There need not be towns of skeletons,

Sending messages of elephants to the moon?

Was I wrong to laugh asphyxiated ecstasy

When the sea rose like quicklime

When the ashes on ashes were blown by the wind

When the infant sword was left alone on the hill top?

Was I wrong to erect monuments of blood?

Was I wrong to avenge the pillage of Caesar?

Was I wrong? Was I wrong?

Was I wrong to ignite the earth

And dance above the stars

Watching Europe burn with its civilization of fire,

Watching America disintegrate with its gods of steel,

Watching the persecutors of mankind turn into dust

Was I wrong? Was I wrong?

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