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Manuel Odeny

(10th August 1987 / Mombasa. Kenya)

I'm My Father's Son

when I was still a baby boy
obsessed, thrilled with dark night sky
father said, shut your eyes tightly
then sailed I into dark night sky
dreaming of my arms
dipping in deep, dark-blue velvety
palpating golden sheen of the golden full moon
snatching twinkling stars.


i fell like lead
just before hard ground
to my father's arms- veinated, calloused
his chirped nails safely grabbed
i opened my eyes
stretching my empty arms, pink nails
for a earnest glimpse of
a dip of deep, dark-blue velvety
golden sheen of the golden full moon
snatched twinkling stars.

and I felt sad.


father buried his head on my nape
his grizzly beard tickling my face
making little ‘blurp' ‘blurp' sounds
my shrill laughter
accosting his deep throaty laughter
echoing my disappointment into dark night sky
before sailing me into dark night sky
back to his rough-gentle arms
and again
to dip in deep, dark-blue velvety
palpate golden sheen of the golden full moon
snatching twinkling stars.

"Drink all Ma's omena* soup
to be taller, reach the dark night sky"
father said, following my gaze
into the dark night sky
static radio bleating reggae
golden full moon bathing us in golden sheen
just me and my father
sleeping in his rough-gentle arms
dreaming of my arms
dipping in deep, dark-blue velvety
palpating golden sheen of the golden full moon
snatching twinkling stars

Submitted: Monday, July 04, 2011
Edited: Thursday, March 07, 2013
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  • Mohammad Akmal Nazir (7/4/2011 2:44:00 AM)

    Nice poem written with great skill and wisdom. The poem is rich in imagery. Well done. I rate it 10.
    Please read and rate my poem 'Abortion' on page 4.
    Warmest regards
    Akmal (Report) Reply

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