Nawaza!
(I think!)

nawaza!
mawazo ya wachache
hofu ya wengi
kijiweni wana payuka
ujasiri umeyeyuka
matumaini yamesinzia
ndoto zimetoweka
matamanio yametoroka

~~~

I think!

I think!
Thoughts of the few
Fear of the many
on street corners they babble
bravery has evaporated
hope is dozing
dreams have dissolved
desires have fled.

August 30, 2017

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

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