The facade of Heroes Acre


Mugabe at a FuneralDo not bury me at Hero’s acre, withal:

Spare me the cacophony of hypocrisy

Spare me the nausea of empty eulogies

Spare me the cesspool of crocodile tears

Spare me the side-lining of my very own


Do not bury me at Heroes’ Acre

To spare me the sham of a heroism bestowed

On the arbitrary whims of a committee

But let my heroism if any

Be written in the hearts of the few or many

Wherein love speaks its name,

Whatever good I’ll have done by God’s grace

Let my passing be a hymn to His glory.

Let this be my epitaph


Do not bury me at Heroes Acre

Where the main and only speaker, alas!

Being neither my choice nor my family’s

Whence my wake a platform for hate speech

And point scoring unrelated to my memory


Do not bury me at Hero’s Acre

But rather as ’twas for Julius Nyerere,

But rather as ’twas for Nelson Mandela,

Bury me in unassuming surroundings

Among my beloved living or dead

There to rest in peace

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  1. Signe Ericksen

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