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On an earth where the oceans
don’t bow to a notion
that a man or a master rule,
the winds take pity
on the kings of the cities
who build both prison blocks and schools.
The doves choke, and the men go blind,
the slaves and the landlords, too.
And a boy dies, dies for some shoes.

On a land that is likened
to an age of enlightened,
some boys argue inside a store.
And for some mild irritation
descends escalation,
after which a knife is drawn.
A boy draws lead, and another sees red,
and then they run him through.
And a boy dies, dies over some shoes.

On the streets that cater
to an age of spectators
lay a boy in a river of blood,
the crowd take pictures
as his body twitches
and the paramedics stitch the cuts.
The country screams, as the image streams,
uploaded moments on Youtube
of when a boy died, died over some shoes.

On a high street heaving
in an age of reason
where the cash flow floods the graves,
the bank crutch crumbles
as the merchants stumble
to lay claim to where their children play.
The layman starves as the protests march
at the behest of the news,
while a boy dies, dies for some shoes.

It is said that the gods
will first make mad
those who they wish to destroy.
So, if to be reborn
means to be unmade
then count the madness we enjoy.
And as the day turns night, the season’s lights
go on for one last time
by where a boy died, died for some shoes.

Where a boy died, died over some shoes.


from Pre​-​E​.​P., released June 17, 2012



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Lookman Adekunle Salami - ‘L.A. Salami’ - is a rare breed of musician that the world has been craving since the height of storytelling legends like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Not quite folk, not quite indy, not quite common and certainly not boring, L.A. Salami’s lyricism and voice are hypnotic. ... more


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