CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

The Last Train Home

You’re alive but not really living. As the noose grows tight enough To make you feel like dying, but Loose enough to make sure you live. The world seems to move fast before you Leaving you, like a stranger in a foreign train station, Unsure of which train to take you home. So you sit there. Watch the strange faces of those you knew before Familiar faces of those who knew you before. A happier self. Unrecognizable from who you are now. You breathe in deep Giving life to the…

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EVENTS REVIEWS 

Open mics and Tuesday nights in the city

One of the things I love about the Nairobi creative scene is the number of platforms that have sprung up for upcoming, and established, artists to showcase their talents. For an artist, these platforms go a long way in helping one practice, build confidence and acquire some fans. When I started performing spoken word back in 2009, there weren’t as many avenues for one to just show up and do their thing. Back in those days, if you were a poet you had options such as Slam Poetry at Das…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

Boy’s Must Cry for their Fathers

These tears were words my heart could not express hiding the sorrow behind a mask of bravado and masculinity. They say the apple does not fall far from the tree a refuge from the harshness of reality shade from the scorching sun in this African Savannah. In the words of the priest “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” in this cycle of life death is a must. But at times the Grim Reaper strikes too soon to cut down the tree before the birds have learnt to fly. We were…

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VERSE 

Things We Left Broken

I couldn’t trust myself – the greatest of betrayals. No longer seeing value in what lay ahead. My eyes slowly shut out this world, another calling. I have never been fond of goodbyes. Building a bridge too many with mismatches and unrequited love. Flames lit in the silence between words unspoken. Bones unmoved by the sound of music. Hearts untouched by the words of poetry. Things, I discovered, don’t fall apart anymore. They grow, in different directions, yet still stay rooted to the same waters. No longer mindful of the…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

Dear Ex-Lover

It seems easier to remember, the things we want most to forget and harder to forget, the things we want least to remember. Memories replay on a blank canvas, the past blurred by regret the future tainted by doubt. My head tells me to move on as my heart keeps vigil – awaiting your return. We swore to never eulogize the bridge we burnt to ashes. In the thin line between love and hate our pride builds a wall to rival that in China, as our flaws become more visible…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

For Boys Who’ve considered Committing Suicide

Only a slave mourns his master.   I shed no tears for chivalry, as real men don’t cry hold the tears in, till it forms a noose round your neck the weight of the world on your shoulder but feeling every least bit like Atlas lost in the crossfire of this battle of  mind versus heart one being calm and collected, the other being broken and hurt I seek an escape from the darkness that surrounds me dark continent, black race, black skin and black nights hanging on the edge…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

The day the earth stood still

How do you measure infinity when the formula transcends human understanding? It could only be compared to this night when the stars refused to shine and the moon shed tears as drops of blood rained on us mortals. I watched as her body shook to the tremors of her trembling soul. The room filled with a deaf man’s silence that you could hear her heart break. Not even the warmth of the women who surrounded her could melt the coldness of this moment. She shut her eyes to the world waiting…

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