Jonathan Karanja

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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Poem by Jonathan Karanja

Deep in the heart (near Lang’ata) of our capital,
Harbouring and offering sanctuary to animals many in total,
Small in size but of value to the nation,
In East Africa having no imitation,
Green, lush and serene- an ‘island’ cut off,
From the neighbouring smogy and noisy ‘turf’,
That is our grand, region encompassing, dear metropolis,
Which from pre-colonial days was and still is,
East Africa’s administrative, communication and even more,
Centre and hub, expanding gradually to regional fore,
Ahead of other capitals (in the region) as a light so bright set on a hill,
Many a cartoonist* hast set Nairobi National Park,
As a scene for his theme & characters comical,
‘Tis the beauty of game in the midst of a city, splendidly ironical.

*- Tom and Jerry the cartoon in which a particular episode (which the author-Mr Jonathan Karanja has watched as a boy) , has featured Nairobi National Park & Jerry the mouse is seen alighting from ‘Nairobi Airport’ after a plane trip.

Submitted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013
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I, the author of this poem (Jonathan Karanja) , watched a cartoon by the name Tom & Jerry as a boy and I was inspired by it. I am a patriotic citizen of Kenya.

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