Msinitukane!
(Do not insult me!)

ukimwi unaua
pia malaria na cholera
madaktari wasema
ustawijamii waimba
viongozi wahubiri
kinga ni lishe bora
nitaitoa wapi
sina kazi
sina mali
thumuni ya kuomba
huninunulia kipande cha muhogo
na tone la togwa
eti lishe bora
msinitukane!

~~~

Do not insult me!

HIV kills
also malaria and cholera
doctors say
social welfare sings
leaders preach
prevention is good nutrition
where will I get it
I have no job
I have no wealth
the begged penny
buys me a piece of cassava
with a drop of togwa[1]
you say good nutrition?
do not insult me!

April 20, 2018


  1. Fermented sorgum

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Poems for the Penniless Copyright © 2019 by Issa G Shivji. All Rights Reserved.

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