Cry Not Mama - by Alpha Robinson


Trying to make sense

Out of the senseless

Turning around in circles

Sleepless and restless

Trying to feel your pain


Mothers and fathers of the martyrs

Young lives taken away

From earth to earth

Living in our hearts

Forever Forever and Forever


Mothers we mourn by your side

You have carried that baby for eight months

The ninth month demanding your breath

The joy you felt after the birth pains

Hoping and dreaming

That your baby will one day be someone


You gave that baby solid food and love

Toiling under the sun

Nothing you would not do

To give that child a future


Fathers we mourn by your side

You work this earth with bare feet

You deny yourself pleasures

To give that child a future

How anxious you were

Waiting to hear from the maternity ward

Or was it from the home

News about your baby


You two took that child to school

With high expectations

To acquire knowledge

For a better future


Then came the gunman

The neighbour’s child he was

No stranger to you

He calls you mother and father

Yet he turned that gun on your children

And took them away from you

Forever Forever and Forever


But cry not Mama

That child is in eternal peace


How can I tell you

How can I make you understand

That your pain is not in vain

That your pain is mine


Some give their lives for others

In their own way

And live forever


Look at me Mama

I am your child

For what your child died for

Will live in me forever

So they all live in me Mama

All those courageous children

And I am not alone Mama

We are all your children


As you dry your tears

Gripped by grief

Your legs feeling numb and heavy

Trying to make sense out of the senseless

Seek consolation in us

We who will carry your child in us

Until we take our last breath


No they did not die in vain!

For what they died for

Cannot be killed Mama

Justice must come

Freedom must come

A new Gambia will be born

It’s only a matter of time


By Alpha Robinson