Treasure Island

Charles Jagongo

(1972 / Kenya, Africa)

The Campus Cat


Shivering and wet
Had been drenched by a drizzling rain
The Campus cat waits, beneath a lamppost

She had come, to brave, the cold
For rent has to be paid, a life is to be lived,
The landlord, a deadline he did.

Conjuring home images, sky, the Stars lit,
Father, mother, and siblings, faces bright
She had passed, colours flew, a future, then, so bright.

Hmnn, in campus, Eat as you pay!
Or rent a cube, pay, get on with life, read, pray!
Pockets run dry, no food, just nothing, home is away!

Hmnn, a car, pulls
The campus cat, cat walks,
Hand beckons, door closed, tomorrow, lectures!

Submitted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Edited: Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Life of poor Girls in Kenyan public Unversities.

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