A firework sparks to shatter the crinkled sky,
Gunfire in the valley.
A sparkler’s ember in the wet bog lies,
The landmine waits endlessly.
Explosions echo in the emptiness of night,
Old homes, evacuated buildings.
Faces of amazement, lit up like fireflies,
Heads bloodied with machetes.
Dogs barking running from the dancing fire,
Children hiding from murdered mothers.
Night’s silence marking the end of the day,
Days ending marking a night of blood thirst.
Today’s the day we celebrate,
Tonight we fear for tomorrow.
Tonight effigies are burnt and heroes made,
Tomorrow is filled with sorrow.