masikitiko yametanda[1]
machozi yanajikusanya
yanataka kububujika
akili anawasihi
sio wakati wake
hisia anampinga
huna lolote lofa wee
lia, lia



Grief has garnered
Tears gathered
Ready to pour
The mind warns
It’s not the hour
Sentiment contradicts
You cannot dare, you wretched
Cry, cry

September 7, 2017

  1. This was written when a Tanzanian member of parliamanet, Tundu Lissu, was shot at by “unknown” people in Dodoma in broad daylight. He survived the murderous attack.


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