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…

FATIMA

The dusty terrain became more and more beige as the sun rose higher across the vast landscape of sand and scanty acacia. They were here. Ahmed sat up straighter, his aching back cracking in relief. They drove past the first of many white tents that stretched on either side of the bus windows. Dadaab. Ahmed…

THE SCENT OF MOMBASA

Mombasa has a smell Its very own It’s not just one Distinct like leather Or wet earth

THE RUIRU TRAIN

The Ruiru train is just that A train very dusty long and snaky

THE 2 DOLLAR MASK

In about a century They might find this mask Buried someplace Eaten away Old and chipped And they’ll cry With flourish “It’s an antique!” And put their money on it Time, brains and all manner of scholars Scientists, historians And up to date technology They’d trace its roots as African Kenyan Throw around a number…

STRAY PUPPIES

What’s one to do With a trio of cuddly stray puppies Huddled together Under a hedge On a grey, cold morning?

A STUPID MISTAKE GOES A LONG WAY

I had my inlaw’s camera cuz I was taking the wedding photos last weekend. Upon coming back to campus, I forgot the charger at home and lied to him that I had it with me- I will just hand it to him over the weekend. -STUPID MISTAKE 1. Instead of telling my mam to send…

WOMEN WHO STAY

(because the children are usually forgotten) He slapped her sometimes When they were courting He apologized each time Dates, chocolates Teary, on his knees She came home one day Way past midnight With scars of past fights And a new black eye He came searching for her I refused to let him in My friends…

STREET KIDS (haiku)

Curvy like maggots Six sleep on bare concrete Wrapped in plastic paper  

WHAT IF I NEVER WOKE UP?

I have been having really weird dreams (aren’t all?!). A few nights ago I had a particularly disturbing one that prompted me to seek its meaning etc. I still haven’t found the full meaning yet but I understand some of it now. It also prompted me to start a dream journal and possible interpretations of…

21st CENTURY SLAVERY-

So Nairobi Half-Life Is a crappy film Cuz it paints Nairobi- and Kenya In a bad light! And shows how, In Nairobi People get robbed and mugged Cuz it tells the story From a gangster’s point of view? So now Apart from censoring Kissing and lovemaking Cuz they are un-African We are to censor too…