Builders

Yesterday they were fighting
On the incomplete second floor
Of the soon to be rental houses

 

Shirt bunched up in fists
One almost threw the other
Over the unfinished floor
To the hard stony ground below

 

They were sent home

 

Today they climb up the stairs
One ahead of the other
A concrete block on each shoulder

 

And they speak in rapid Kikuyu
Mimicking something Kibaki once said
Then they laugh out loud in unison
And ferry up the concrete blocks
To complete the second floor

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