Only


Only six hundred dead.
Only.

Government says six hundred only.
Insists.
Only these died, really. Officially.

The rest are careless whispers; Empty talk.
People playing dead.
Only six hundred dead.

Only Government knows death.
Government only can count death.
Government.

Now only I stand here. Alone,
Far away from the Government death counter,
With six hundred machetes ranged against me.

Only I. Because all my folks,
A paltry six thousand are,
Non-Governmentally, dead.

Ok, Government now clarifies.
It’s official, only several hundreds dead!
Only.

© OLUOCH-MADIANG’.

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