#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: BY VIRTUE OF BEING… A Poem By Tefo Matlhabegoane

By virtue of being an educated conscious self-determining black person
By Tefo Matlhabegoane
Twitter: @TefoWritesStuff
Instagram: @__Tefo
thmb_By Virture Of Being by Tefo Matlhabegoane
By virtue of being
an
educated
conscious
self-determining
black person
you become an act of war
and you are a just war
you are revolution
you are our forefathers’ manifestos incarnate
a heart of ideas and a haven of justice
you are undesirable
your insatiable desire to learn makes you untenable
you are ungrateful for your poverty
you are unappreciative of your underprivilege
they want to shoot hollow points through your hard covers and pierce your skin
they forget that ideas are bulletproof
they want to suffocate you with poison
they forget that ideas are metabolised only by faith
they want to beat you into submission
they forget that truth cannot be felled by force
they want your body to fail you as they did
they forget that it is only a vessel of justiceyou are a just war
armed by the bodies of our fallen
bathed in the tears your mothers shed for you and those you shed for your children
strengthened by song
the only treasure you seek is education
not lead
and the road to books is not paved in bullets
Tefo Matlhabegoane is a 20 year old student of
the University of Pretoria, studying a BSocSci PPE
(Philosophy, Politics & Economics). He is an aspiring
economist, author and poet,  and is actively involved
in  the #FeesMustFall strike  in solidarity with his
fellow students nationwide
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