Sunday, June 3, 2018

On Revolutions And The Plotters

Just the other day,and late in the night,
A news reporter said we're on the verge.
Heavy with sleep,i didn't get the succeeding word.
The only other word i heard was-'revolution'
It was an alien word to me.
It was fearful too,and i only thought of guns,
And a forceful eviction of an elected government.
Nevertheless,I went to sleep.
In my naive curiosity,I checked the local daily at dawn,
Eager to read about the revolution.
And true to my eyes it had the story.
The facts were there too.
Kenya was on the verge of a revolution!
And there would be no guns involved,
Not even spare blood to be spilled-
Our blood banks don't have enough supplies anyway!

The story went like this-
The president has identified a common enemy!
An enemy we could all hate and loathe.
An enemy that deprives us the passion to work,
What will all the Johnie come lately eating the whole pie!
Becoming overnight millionaires!
And so the pronouncement had import,
In that it restored our hopes once dried.
The fluid in our joints flowed again,
With the faith and hope that our taxes,
Which  used to feed and fatten the butcher's cats,
Would ultimately find a better use.
And there was the revolution!

Our healthcare system would once again bloom.
Our maternal mortality rate would go down .
And our children would count their birthdays again,
In this God given land that is Kenya.
Talk of revolution!
Revolutions don't need an army.
It may start with a whisper to another,
That things are not just right,
And we can't stay that way!
It doesn't  need a Che Guevara or a Castro,
Though some policies may be just what we need.
It only needs a conscious Kenyan ,
To take the button to another,
About the common enemy that is CORRUPTION,
And the other,not given to keeping things for himself to tell another.
And there we are!
Reclaiming our country from the dogs!

These revolutions revolve around conversations,
About why we should not engage in the vice.
This vice that eats us alive!
It gains momentum in busparks-as you wait for the estate bus,
And in marketplaces where the anti vice slogan spreads,
Then to white collar offices where the sharks lurk.
And before you know,the fat cat is rounded,
His effect-deadened by the chorus against.
That is when the  revolution happen,
With no plotter in sight but goodies to see,
Then hope,our elusive hope springs forth.




Thursday, May 3, 2018

GIVE US A SIGNAL,MAMA.

Mama,they are here,
Crying louder than us who cared for you!
Show us a signal,
On how we are supposed to treat them!
Where were they in Kenya,
When Matiba was denied his rights,
And denied treatment even though weak and sick
Where were they,
When his flagship businesses were suffocated
And his loans' interest tripled,
Just so that he may be silenced.
Where were they,
When the leeches sucked his vigour and vitality?
Killing him slowly over such a long time,
We ask for a signal on how to deal with them,
Now that they cry the loudest!

Where were they when Sankara was silenced
Or they didn't like the jabs he gave to Burkina babes
More so, where were they,
When Patrice Lumumba was eliminated?
These so called defenders of freedoms
And caretakers of rights.
Where were they when Njoya was clubbed in Nairobi
And left for dead.
Give us a signal Mama Africa
On how we are supposed to treat them,
Now that they are the first to preach peace while they mean war!

Where were they when Gama pinto was shot on the driveway?
Maybe they didn't like that he was a Goan,
Or they thought he was not entitled as much.
Tell us mama Africa on how we are supposed to live with these facts!
They didn't even speak when J.M was killed and dumped.
Some thought he was growing too popular,
Because he saw the stark truth-
Of 10 millionaires and 10 million beggars!
And so they called it an untruth,
And, burying their heads in the sand,
Couldn't live with him amidst.
Maybe they thought his giving was too much,
That it had to be stopped.

Where were they when Koigi was persecuted?
Or when he was called a terrorist
Just because he couldn't see the fruits of '63 freedom.
Or when Wanyiri Kihoro and Co.were held in the dark cells of Nyayo house,
Just so that their resolve could be tested
Mama give us a signal,
On how we are to see one thing now
And see it differently later,
And yet not lose the trust.
Where were they when Wangari Maathai was branded 'a woman"
As though she wasn't one before,
Just when she stood guard at Uhuru park.
Where were they when the Mothers of political Detainees stripped
Yet none tossed a leso to cover their anatomy!

Tell me where they were,
When a close range bullet finished Tom Mboya
The best president that Kenya never had.
Where were they when their allies killed Gaddaffi?
And despite his social welfare programmes,
branded him a terrorist in his most weak state,
Just so that a united Africa would remain a pipe dream!
And so like Malema i'll ask-
Give us a signal Mama Africa,
On how we are supposed to handle them,
Those who were part of this dark history,
Yet they now cry the loudest
When the fabric tears!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Love.....ooooh Love

What is to love if not to be loved?
what is love if not laced by sacrifice?
what is love if not colored by grace?
what is love if there are no gaps to fill,
And misunderstandings to mend
what is love if there are no agonies to endure
And memories to remember,
For the sake of love.
What is love if its dull and dim,
If there are no bright sparkling moments,
And no staring at the moon,
And no watching the sun go down. 


They say its holding hands in the street,
And sipping coffee at the Hilton terrace,
Or even going on holiday to Mada,
Or seeing the Eifel tower.
So whats this love that cures and heals?
My hunch tells me tis' the simple moments
Of deep reflection.
Of seeing the twinkle little star in the eye of another,
That lights the fire of a lifetime,
And does away with finite time,
Into the abode of carefree abandon,
And into the safety of another for the other.

If seeing places,
And watching the california moonlight does it,
If it lights a selfless effort in the soul,
And gives another the freedom  to be themselves,
Then its love.
If the labours are for show and not meant,
The two then are chained.
Both then are like caged birds that sing,
Singing not songs of love but of bondage
Until they know what love means,
And they then sing for love
Because they know what it means to them.
And the colour of it only they can tell.


Monday, January 29, 2018

HOW LUSA THE GREATEST LOST TO KITA-Stories Of Our Times.

There among the people of kusu,
Lived a warrior by the name Lusa.
He never lost  a fight but once-
That cold winter morning was different
People presumed him winner,
Even before the fight started.
He had a weakling called Kita for an opponent,
And so the people thought he would pounce on him,
Mould him like clay,
Pull him by the thick beard that was his trademark,
And win the fight without breaking a sweat.
But it was never to be,
Kita,knowing his losing status,
Took the fight to Lusa.
And so Lusa fought to maintain his winning status,
While Kita fought to win.
And so as the fight progressed,the people clapped,
They also sung in praiseof  Lusa,
They were not used to someone else winning,
And so Lusa sung along as he fought,
Still,the belts were tucked on his waist
It was still his fight to lose
While for Kita,it was his fight to win
Lusa got carried away.
And so he would throw a punch,miss,and clap
He was happy because the people were happy,
And they wanted him to win.
Kita knew too well that this did not count,
The singing could be deferred to  later.
What counted were the hits
And he accumulated them untill it was too late for Lusa,
Too late to make a comeback.
And that was how Lusa,the greatest lost to Kita
People would then tell stories to their children,
Teaching them virtue and vice
And they would say
Do not lose like Lusa of Kusu who lost to Kita as he clapped.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jesus Christ The Nazarene

No one knew your place
Not even joseph your father
Nor Mary your Mother.
By prophecy you came into being
so that of man you would not be stained nor restrained
And from sin you would be exempted.
Like any other child you grew,
with every day hustles of life,
What with Herod claiming your head?
And apprenticing at your dads workshop?

Mary your mother never believed.
who,being pure would believe anyway?
Joseph reluctantly agreed,
Because he no part played.
You came to master the world,
and knew  where it pained
You knew love would heal everything.
Being social, you attended functions
And when no drink was available
you turned water into wine.

You did many more miracles
 I remember when you raised Jairu's daughter.
Some other time you walked on water
And peter,doubting thought it  wasn't you
He thought it was a geenie
Some of your interventions were amazing,and timely too
Like when you fed the 5,000 with fish and bread.
You sympathized and empathized,
Restored sight in eyes gone blind,healed
And calmed the storm.

You did not have a great education to boot
But you became the greatest teacher,
Comparing situations through proverbs,
Talking about truths,untruths and half truths,
And giving fatherly advise as you went on with ministry
You never wanted so much a mention of your deeds
Yet your works and fame went far
And so others could not understand,asking
Who is this  Jew ?
Does he even know the law?

Just like you came,
You had to die so as to take the place of our sin
And fulfill prophecy
So as to make our mortal nature immortal
And cleanse our blemished nature
Planting God's supremacy forever and ever
And so that Glory may endure forever
You rose from the dead and now you reign
We may never know who you were
But we know who you are to us
A living hope among and within us.
As we celebrate christmas once again
Remembering your birth in a lowly manger
We say Happy Birthday
Jesus Christ the Nazarene.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Goodwill,The Prayer.

May the sun shine on you today
and forever more.
Where the wicked lay their traps
and where those abounding in ill lurk,
May the lord prepare a feast of victory
Not because you deserve,
But because he despises an evil eye .
May God maintain the stillness of your breath,
Clothe you with honour and raise you up.
Just in case you meet a stranger in need,
May you be swift to discern who he is,
because from the father he may be sent
To test your abundance.
And to test your faith.
May you find it in you to raise weak souls,
And wake  slumbering giants,
So they may know what lies in them,
And when you meet warring factions,
May you be the peacemaker that drives out hate.
Where decisions are needed,
As it happens always,
May your word appease to both
And appeal to all.
And when you may want to proclaim his good deeds,
May the path you plant your feet get lined with gold
And the walls,out of gemstone be made,
So it may be easy for the unbelieving to believe.
As you go out and come back,
May his beam light your path,
And as you travel to far away places,
Meeting new people and making friends,
May all those experiences make your soul rich
Yearning for the maker of them all.

Friday, December 1, 2017

THE 'I' IN ME AND YOU

I, feeling as i feel,
And seeing as i see,
That the world is not anything more
than I and you.
Knowing that men,
And women too,
In their different ways think and act

To put to life their being.
And to put life in their being.
To be, then is to be the I,
And nothing else matters
As it shouldn't either.
To be fire is to be the flame that consumes,
the sparkle, and the light.
All as one,all in one
For victory is one over self,
And not of the world,
And not for the world.
Its to redeem the genius that sleeps,
To awaken the true 'I in Me and You'
To grow, and glow, and still not show.
For the wind which cometh
and elevates men to show,
Knows too how to catch into oblivion.
That spirit speaks not the language of being,
It knows not the ways of the spirit,the I.
What use will it be then?
Safe to slay the I in Me and You.
Though men be the same,
And their deeds tally,
Of different template they come.
For same reason,
Though a man goes down once,
He,can rally back,
Bringing to order the fragments,
And establishing the I in him,
That eternal indestructible element.