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In those days

When civilization kicked us in the face

When holy water slapped our cringing brows

The vultures built in the shadow of their talons

The blood stained monument of tutelage

In those days

There was painful laughter on the metallic hell

Of the roads

And the monotonous rythm of the paternoster

Drowned the howling of the plantations

Of the bitter memories of the extorted kisses

Of promises broken at the point of a gun

Of foriegners who did not seem human

You who knew all the books but knew not love

Nor our hands which fertilize the womb of the earth

Hands instinct of the root with revolt

Inspite of your songs of pride in the charnel houses

Inspite of the desolate villages of Africa torn apart

Hope lived in us like a citadel

And from Swaziland's mines to the sweltering sweat

Of Europe's factories

Spring will be reborn under our bright steps.

('The Vultures',by David Diop)

The theme of the poem is

Options

A) Vultures

B) Oppression of Africans by European colonialists and the African's hope for Independence

C) Swaziland's mines and Europe's factories

D) Bloodstained monuments

E) Books without love

The correct answer is B.


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