mara nalia
(I cry)

mara nacheka
mara nahuzunika
mara nafarajika
mara naota
mara nawaza
mara nafurahi
mara najuta
mara nashangiliwa
mara nazomewa
wahenga mnisaidie
niko wapi, nchi gani
baharini au barani
ardhini au mbinguni
wahenga mnieleze
nasumbuliwa na nani
majambazi au majamedari?

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I cry

I laugh
I am sad
I am comforted
I dream
I think
I am happy
I regret
I am celebrated
I am booed
Help me ancestors
Where am I, what country
At sea or on land
On earth or in the heavens
Tell me ancestors
Who is harassing me
Robbers or generals?

October 21, 2018

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