for Sekou Odinga

what can be said of warriors besides 
thank you
or maybe words aren’t of any use at all
still silence seems disrespectful too
pigs came knockin and caught your
shadow in a glimpse in a whisper 
rumors of you spread over radios
spread across every borough and then
straight over the Atlantic to the brinks of 
liberation movements at the high stage
war here and there is all the same when
you know which side of empire you stand
those of us who know enough  know better
than to say goodbye or think this is over
your enemies still stand tall and we got
breath in our lungs so it’s work to do
your forever age the same year Assata 
went free enough to elude cold captivity
Muslim New Afrikan Freedom Fighter
may you rest and may we know no peace
’til we’ve done what George said must be done
or until we can see glimpses of you in stormwater
some proud whirlwind of ancestors come back 
to witness the freed nation they fought for
the world molded more humane from their sacrifice

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Darius Simpson is a writer, educator, performer, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. His work has appeared in New Ohio Review, The Adroit Journal, Crab Creek Review, and others. Darius believes in the dissolution of empire and the total liberation of all Afrikans by any means available.