Biography of Ngetich Kiptoo
Ngetich Kiptoo was born on 15th August 1981 in Nakuru, Kenya. From an early age he had a big interest in books of all kind.
Inevitably he studied Literature and English when he went to Moi University and is now teaching English and Literature in Mombasa, Kenya.
Ngetich Kiptoo Poems
I Had My Palms Read
The medicine woman, She told me to lift my left thumb Then she laughed Looked me over
Have you seen the ravens? One of them perched On this roof yesterday, Show me now;
I hope I am not a ferry Just to help you cross the channel Only to be left
A Song To Africa
Let me sing to you my dear African brothers and sisters my brothers and sisters now on dhows and dinghies or whatever vessel you use
Am I In Love
Am I in love? Tell me Are you the one making me sick? Am I in love or not
It’s sunset Am on the beach barefoot The sky’s rich, brilliant and varied Like you
I am lying alone, thinking Sleep as usual has rebelled Refusing to do what it ought
The Last Day
If you knew your last day Where would you spend it? Would it be at the beach- breezing? Or at the park, meditating
Who knows what I feel but me I laugh, dryly To veil the angst beneath I know the feeling
I’m on a pendulum, swinging I’m white, then black, but now am grey I know you, I don’t know you I am with you, lonely
The ocean whines, In hunger, in anger It wants more All rivers are running dry
When I die, she told me I would like to lie surrounded By pious and loved souls
I have no words, only fears Lots of them Pressed in, overflowing
The Lump Again
The lump in my throat Has refused to go away. It wakes me up in the morning Reminds me am still alive.
Have you seen the ravens?
One of them perched
On this roof yesterday,
Show me now;
Which one it was,
I know you can’t.
I have not a similar fate
That as soon as I fly away;
Into the murky oblivion