Hannington Mumo

Gold Star - 6,184 Points (17th November 1987 / Kenya)

Hannington Mumo Quotes

  • ''Life is for living, not for taking care of for no mortal can guarantee its continuity.''
    Those who fear taking risks.
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  • ''It's scary how some unambitious men choose a life of comfortable waiting for death while manlier swines shake the pillars of the space.''
    Lack of ambition.
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  • ''The problem with being a gifted writer in Kenya is that you have many half-schooled editors who have no taste for literary works, and will hence have problems having your works published. I don't write to meet the wizened expectations of a Moi University graduate in Information Science, folks who cannot recall anything worth reading they've ever read. An editor should be a literary enthusiast, if not a writer themselves.''
    Lack of worthy publishing houses in Kenya...
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  • ''Ignorance, just like genius, is a powerful thing - it can level mountains!''
    Of ignorant folks all over the place...
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  • ''It is naked folly to compete with giants before you have even wrestled squirrels.''
    Of Lilliputian nincompoops all over the place...
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  • ''The expansiveness of one's fortunes means little to their happiness.The decision to be a happy person is the greatest determination in the life of man here on earth.''
    The need for happiness in life...
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  • ''The things African editors publish as poetry are commonplace disjointed prosaic sentences that have no poetic distinction. How a self-confessed lifelong metrophobe becomes a poetry editor at some godforsaken publishing house in the city is a miracle possible only in Africa. God have mercy upon our barren literary wombs!''
    The literary aridity that has continued to terrorize Africa as a continent...
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  • ''Calling a dog a lion does not give
    him the mane.''
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  • ''The poet writes not to be lauded but to achieve something that they are not even themselves sure of. Perhaps that is their only reward.''
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  • ''And you can never learn how to swim by watching others do it - you plunge into the waters!''
    Learning anything new...
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Best Poem of Hannington Mumo

Keep On Keeping On!

You may rest a while if the going be tough,
Take a breath when the terrain is rough;
Let the oars have a respite
And rower enjoy a bite;
But the journey must anon continue,
For time has taught that the motions of the brave,
According to the decrees the Almighty gave,
Shall forever subdue the earth;
And a man's toils shall bring him mirth.

Withdraw your ear from cynics and naysayers
Who affirm that yes they can't;
Keep the company of them that try;
And rejoice in the fold of sons of hope;
Remember that it's not a crime to let a cry

Read the full of Keep On Keeping On!

In The City

Writhing out of an empty tummy
I jump out of bed to journey,
Inspired by the tic-tac of the clock
That starts to fade as I walk.

The day presents no fortune at all,
The Indian tells me business that continues to fall
And that I should try the following day;
Perhaps luck might come my way.

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