Niko gizani
(I’m in the dark)

umeme umezimika
vikoroboi vimetupwa
vibiriti vimeibiwa
niko gizani

msinipe pole
tupeane pole
nyumba ni ya sote
baba, mama, shangazi, bibi

marafiki na majirani
wabaya na wazuri
viongozi na wafuasi
mapadre na matapeli

tutafutane, tushirikiane
tupeane mawaidha,
tugawane majukumu

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I’m in the dark

Lights have gone out
Lanterns have been thrown out
Matches have been stolen
I’m in the dark

Don’t console me
Each other, let us console
The house belongs to us all
Father, mother, aunty and grandma

Friends and neighbours
The wicked and the desirables
Leaders and followers
Priests and swindlers

Let’s cooperate, let’s come together
Let’s enlighten each other
Let’s share obligations

December 4, 2017

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

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