A Warrior’s Lament by Nnamdi Olebara.

For remembrance day:

A Warrior’s Lament by Nnamdi Olebara

Now on the battlefield

I know what faces me.

It is death; my death.

I do not hate those I fight;

It is their deeds I hate.

Those I am fighting for do not love me;

My death shall not grieve them,

Nor shall it bring them joy.

Translated from the Igbo by Chinweizu

Read the whole poem in ‘101 Poems Against War’  (Faber & Faber 2003)

Last year’s peace poem: Five Minutes After the Air Raid by Miroslav Holub

(from the same anthology)

About Eddie Playfair

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) East London. Blogging about education, politics and culture in a personal capacity. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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