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

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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