We Have Come Home

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By Lenrie Peters

We have come home
From the bloodless wars
With sunken hearts
Our booths full of pride-

From the true massacre of the soul
When we have asked
‘What does it cost
To be loved and left alone’
We have come home
Bringing the pledge
Which is written in rainbow colours

Across the sky-for burial
But is not the time
To lay wreaths
For yesterday’s crimes,
Night threatens
Time dissolves
And there is no acquaintance
With tomorrow

The gurgling drums
Echo the stars
The forest howls
And between the trees
The dark sun appears.
We have come home
When the dawn falters
Singing songs of other lands
The death march

Violating our ears
Knowing all our loves and tears
Determined by the spinning coin
We have come home
To the green foothills
To drink from the cup
Of warm and mellow birdsong
‘To the hot beaches

Where the boats go out to sea
Threshing the ocean’s harvest
And the hovering, plunging
Gliding gulls shower kisses on the waves
We have come home

Where through the lightening flash
And the thundering rain
The famine the drought,
The sudden spirit
Lingers on the road

Supporting the tortured remnants
of the flesh
That spirit which asks no favour
of the world
But to have dignity.