Decades Of Solitude - Poem by Hannington Mumo
Once when I was about twenty years,
I practiced some solitude that was sweet,
But as my years advanced towards score and five,
I lost every useful iota of it!
Now at score and six,
I choose my life to fix;
I'm going to live in tranquil solitude
As to the heavens I say my gratitude.
Now begin my sweet decades of solitude
Until my little span is done;
May Esther my wife forgive me for quietude
And may mother understand why I'll be taciturn.
I apologize to brothers Julius and Richard,
And also to sisters for whom things shall be hard,
For I shall not be a talking mortal
But one quiet and full of every quiescent moral.
And I too apologize to all my friends:
Willy, the only man I've ever truly loved,
And Amos of the tottering poetic trends,
And Samuel Wachanga of the wandering Muse.
And to acquaintances such as Nzomo aggrey,
Who oftentimes made me waspish and angry;
Mutati Mulwa and Mbitewa Kasina of scientific dreams,
As well as all that may know my slender frame;
From today I'll be quiet singing Nature's hymns!
But the most important fact is this:
I shall commune with the lofty ideas
That my pious dad for seven decades entertained,
And shall overcome all threats and fears,
Until every useful bit of global fame is attained.
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