Crime of the ‘Been-To’s’

It’s not a crime to identify with the ‘been-to’s’

A class of the been-to’s

It never was a crime to belong to such a club until they turned blind eye on us

“What exactly is your point, here, Samson?”

My point is: Basically, just that

It was never a crime until them young boys and girls (the been-to’s) abandoned us

Abandoned the struggle

Our struggle

The people’s struggle

The ‘been-to’s’ forgot about us

They forgot society left behind,    in exile

They ignored ladders that helped to extend their reach

It’s as if they never lived

As if they don’t exist

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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