Uzalendo umeleweshwa
(In patriotic delirium)

Wako wapi, wako wapi wazalendo
Wenye upendo na nchi yao
Kule walionacho
Husherehekea harusi na bathday
Mito ya vinywaji hutiririka
Mapambo ya dhahabu humeremeta
Huku wasionacho
Hutafuta mikate damponi
Wako wapi, wako wapi wazalendo
Wenye uchungu na taifa lao

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In patriotic delirium

Where are they, where are the patriots
Who have love for their country
Over there, where the haves are
Celebrations of weddings and birthdays are held
Rivers of drinks flow
Gold decorations shine
Over here, where the have-nots are
Bread is searched for in the dumps
Where are they, where are the patriots
Bitter for their nation

December 27, 2018

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

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