Mwaniki wa Muriuki

In this village-Chehe, a small settlement after demarcation at the foot of Kîrînyaga, the sheer remains of the brutal freedom struggles. At dawn of its many memorable days, dawn of a night that even night owls fear to shout their feared hoots, dawn of those nights the dew sticks frozen to the long blades of Nyeki ya Nyakînyoro, only a brave rooster crowed to welcome this child. And to this world he was born, to life he was strewn. And he grew enthusiastic of life, yearning her to learn and yawning when there is a concern. As the day wore and his kinsfolk learnt of a new addition, five ululations were shrieked and echoed all over the valleys, to announce a baby boy has been brought forth, and they named him as per the tribe’s traditions, Mwanîki wa Mûriûki.

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VOLUNTEERS AND MEDIC WORKERS

By Mwaniki Muriuki We remember you, you who give yourselves of yourselves To fight these deadly and viral deaths: Ebola and Corona Viruses! You who have avowed your souls and…

THE LAST RAIN DANCE

By Mwaniki wa Muriuki Dance with me, in the rains Our sweats swept in its dousing heats Dance with me, when the heavens torrents downpours Our slippery grips sliding and…

DAUGHTER OF MY MOTHER

By Mwaniki Wa Muriuki Son of my fathers, where are you Why am I longing for you with no avail? Must you be always sought in vain   Daughter of…

AN ODE OF MY MAN

By Mwaniki Muriuki My man he is my supreme cistern A well whose water is my everlasting drink He is my forever fountain A spring from whom all my thirsts…

FROM MOTHERLAND

From motherland where sirens are war planes and tankers trains The ambulances, battle bullets and blasting bombs And medics, the vulgar murderous militias or the selfless slaying soldiers All in…

MIDNIGHT WHISPERS

Whisper to me the stories of midnight When the moon is lonely and all alone at night Murmur to me the folk tales of the night When the sounds of…

DESIRE

She kissed I hissed I kissed she blessed Prior we were stressed Now, freely we expressed Her body entangled into mine Mine into hers ebullient entwine Each secretly speaking Each…

JUSTICE NO!

On a naked street, in this harsh Nairobi With its sunny flames that sadly sears and scalds In this City in the Sun, once an allure of the Savannah They…

HARLOTRY

By MWANIKI WA MURIUKI Here, these lovers of off-lights lust These that at night their thighs greedily thirst From every unlit lounge they buzz and burst Like termites after finally,…