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A fight over a bone


Downtown Nairobi

for the love of country (Photo by Patrick Osodo)

Teeth full of mouth
Many stomachs in a man
A few hands on everything
Big feet stomp on a million heads
This was never in the plan
The country is overcast

Hunger sharpens a spear
Fear grows out anger
Ignorance reaches for blindness
The village flashes danger
A storm is gathering
Today 100 will die

The screams bounce off
high city walls where
politicians fight over a bone
A fierce wind calls
The dog that looses must win the war
Homes will be burnt to the ground

One policeman in a haystack
A sigh when he is found
The dark rain floods
Spears fly and he is pinned to the ground
His boss will not shoot
There will be a full-blown war

Gripes begin to stir
Trees crash and roofs fly
Across the country grudges wake
Bleeding children cry
Men run around a rusted warning:
This nation will fall

A heritage is drowning
Good men must now swim
The wise must let the water out
We will not live on a dog’s whim
Our homeland
We will stand to defend

BT

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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I don’t know


Inferiority

Opportunism

Culture

Greed

His reasons for expecting a bribe

 

Negotiation

Brinkmanship

Cunning

Vigilance

His methods of extracting the bribe

 

Realisation

Dilemma

Crisis

Resignation

My reasons for paying the bribe

 

Despondent

Failed

Base

Dark

I don’t know

 

BT

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Failure


I can’t find the pavement
City Hall has lost it
Today’s blouses! At 200 shillings!
Stalls of plastic, cardboard and wood
Hurriedly, Hungrily, Aggressively
block my path
Vehicles and I do a waltz of death
Too powerless to tango to excellence
A green open area
was gang raped by corruption and ineptitude
Now a market without a dustbin
Garbage a growing mountain of stupidity
My gate is now a bus stop
Buses drop off success
and pick up failure

BT

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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