After the breaking of the morning silence with a cock’s crow
You’ll hear sounds like bombs and shots from guns
Waver not; stay still
The war is about to begin
You’ve known me as the feeble one;
The one that disappears into the thin air when there is danger
I showed you that side of me ‘cos it’s what you expected
From the one you call dove!
I am a lion in a dove’s clothing
A warrior that wakes after death!
You will see me armed with weapons
Search not for my charming smile-
It’ll be replaced with the cocking of my gun
And when I stand akimbo, don’t wave...
I’m set for war!
Learn to trust my words and interlock hearts in unison
Be set to watch me fight with fury
Let children hold firm to the mothers’ wrappers,
Let fathers lead the crowd
And able youths join in war
I will fight like our ancestors to set freedom free from its cage;
To wipe the unending tears on the corridors of your cheeks
To set the umbrella of love above us
On the day of war,
I’ll smile at the sun before and after victory
I will stamp my feet with confidence like an undefeatable warrior
I’ll walk on fear and bury weak feelings
On the day of war
I’ll picture war as a beautiful mistress
I’ll strip her off her pride
And let the world see the emptiness in her nakedness
On the day of war,
I’ll fight till the sun retires
I’ll fight till the stars congratulates me
Trust me to be back after the war
Feel free to wail like a weakling
But don’t lose hope in my return
I will be back after the war
I will be back after
I will be back
I will be!
Expect my return
‘Cos I will be back after the war
Till then, keep hopes alive
I’m a warrior that never dies on the battle field
And if I die,
Let my corpse return home
To fulfill my promise of returning after the war.
Surely, I shall return!
Oluwatosin Faith Kolawole is a young lady who hails from Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti state Nigeria. She has passion for creative writing and has been featured in both online and offline poetry platforms. Her constant improvement in writing knows no bound. She recently came second in the lenrie peter's poetry competition in The Gambia. She is also the brain behind "TeeFaith Crafts".