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David Munene wa Kimberly

(06th January 1986 / Kalimoni, Kenya)

Digital Death


Of a black Kenyan boy, the dream is shattered
His vision into a world other than local battered
The deadline set by forces unknown to him
A mandatory migration ideology crushes his dream
They call it digital migration or digital birth
He knows it is a condemning digital death

Daddy only got analog through SACCO loan
Before paying, the analog has begun to groan
Like a huge fall into the hall of shame
The boy is back to never watching game
Albeit this is supposed to be visionary health
He knows it is a condemning digital death

What will the analog box now become?
Daddy can't lower into pocket any other arm
For his is torn and account reads overdraft
Whenever thoughts strike mind about graft
The man believes he has been conned of breath
He knows it is a condemning digital death

Submitted: Saturday, January 05, 2013

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Kenya is on the verge of making a national digital migration from Analog to Digital TV. This poem is about the cry of a boy whose daddy just acquired an analog TV on loan and cannot afford the migration thereby risking a shut down.

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