Nyagaka Charles

Rookie - 21 Points (June 24 90 / Kisii, Kenya)

Puzzled Nappier - Poem by Nyagaka Charles

I grew up-right from the soil,
Never thought how to crawl,
I had to stand upright not to fall,
It has been an experience living all this while.

I saw it good to have a thorny coat for protection,
Even had my blades sharpened in preparation,
Foolish coz in his hard hand and machete I was overthrown,
Began to regret why I had ever grown green.

Hardly sunrise and he was here,
Armed with a sword intended to clear,
I wouldn’t run ‘cause I was rooted there,
Neither could I fight alone as I lacked the spear,
And my brother was too sleepy to hear.

My protection sheath ended up as a delicacy,
For his cow the coward slaughtered me minus mercy,
Then the ungrateful bagger traded the milk for beer,
For liquor he killed me without fear,
And that’s what I can’t understand why,
If he'd drunk the milk, I won’t cry.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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