LETTER FROM A CAPTIVE
To my daughter Lavine, Cheer up, put a smile on your face, Open your little arms for a father’s hug, For I am coming back home, To Enjoy the freedom of Majengo,

LETTER FROM A CAPTIVE

By Ayieko Jakoyo, Naivasha, Kenya

Here I am,

Fixed behind these cruel bars,

Eyes separated from the beautiful world,

Hair interlocked, to form dreads,

Toes infested with jiggers, face full of wrinkles,

I write with my blood and sweat,

With tears and grief.

 

To my people of Majengo,

The land of men of value, women of valor,

Your son is still pressing on,

Hopeful still, waiting for it to dawn,

I am not worried by the pain of chains,

Not by the meagre meals and tough rules,

My worries are to you; my people of Majengo,

Your suffering kills me day by day,

 

To my wife Nyoremo

I miss the company and sweet smiles

Tender palms, nice hugs

Thinking of that makes me sick daily

Though tough, is the situation here

I still hope and believe

That no one has drunk from my well

 

Ajwang’ NyarAlego,

You who ferments the best brew in Majengo,

Stop crying and cursing me daily,

I have seen light in darkness,

Though not much bright,

Still I believe, things are getting better,

It is true I left with your debt,

Of the last ten patilas I consumed,

Before I went to jail,

Smile and do me a favour,

Give half a litre to Ogweli,

Add Nyakano three patilas,

All the bills on me, I am coming to pay,

Soon before noon.

 

To my daughter Lavine,

Cheer up, put a smile on your face,

Open your little arms for a father’s hug,

For I am coming back home,

To Enjoy the freedom of Majengo,

 

© Ayieko Jakoyo

(The Contemporary Scribe)

 

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