Thursday, 9 June 2011

This is For You

This is for you

On the brink of losing hope

Tugging at the rope

Standing at the cliff

Before the ultimate jump

This is for you

This is for you

The Silent One

With the sun of righteousness

Lighting up your heart

Yet shadowed by pain of mankind

The wilted flower of love

The plucked feathers of a sweet dove

The dry, parched throats guttural

The systemic errors basically structural

Still, shine rays of hope, Silent One

This is for you

This is for you

That you say are ugly

Tell me, who said so?

Have you looked at yourself in the mirror

And marveled at your beauty?

Have you heard your voice

Replayed the clip over and over?

Measure yourself by your unique parameters

Never let others define what you should be

The same lie travels around the world

That  wafer-thin is the thing

So naturally endowed women

Skip nth meals, endure cruel dieting

Hit the aerobics from Monday to Monday

With sorrow, with lives most hollow

Al l with the aim of becoming Naomi Campbell

Quit it, sisters, healthy is the keyword

Some were born slim, others fluffy

Some were born light, others dark

Some were born tall, others short

Be yourself, there is only one template of you

Be happy, find beauty within you

This is for you

This is for you

The  herdsman

What story is there for you

When you sleep in the rains with your cows?

Or walk across to the border to search for pasture?

Year after year, you keep them

Even amidst the dried riverbeds and dusty soil

You put your life to risk, you are ready to die

For those animals

This is for you

This is for you

The Child of 8-4-4

Who lived through maziwa ya nyayo

To the Kibaki era

Lived through insha and ngeli

Survived factorization and L.C.M and G.C.D

Escaped licking acids from shaky pipettes and burettes

Managed through Kiu, KIlio Cha Haki, Looking For a Rain God,

Amezidi, Coming to Birth, Walenisi

Endured methali, semi, tanakali za sauti, kinyume, kukanusha

Fasihi, tamthilia, mashairi, ufupisho, taarifa, isimu za lugha

And now walking around with soaked knowledge

Looking for a job, unemployed, frustrated, disenfranchised

This is for you

This is for you

Yes you, you the weaver of words

You who suffers writer’s block

Labouring for that one poem

That will carry a message

Through the generations

Adored in some year like 4057

Writing with a fire in your bones

And compassion in your heart

For the sheer love of the art

This is for you

C) Lorot Salem 2011


Poets United said...

As Poets United reaches its first anniversary this coming week we want to thank you for your support. Over the past year we have grown to 250 members plus and are steadily growing.

Poets United is proud to have you as one of our members and look forward to another successful year.

Your imagination, creativity and willingness to share with us is what makes our community such a wonderful place. Thank you for beautiful poetry and thank you for being a part of Poets United.

Poets United

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh Salem, another gloriously beautiful shining with compassion poem. It is totally wonderful!!!! I so love it and hope all of those who need this bit of love and hope can find their way here and read it. Maybe you could send it to the Nairobi newspaper????

Salem Lorot said...

@ Poets United, Congratulations. As we say here, "hongera"! I have said it elsewhere, I say it again: Poets United brought me literally from scratches. I was welcomed into a community of fellow poets and poetesses-- lovely souls-- who comment on my pieces, motivate me, expand my horizon. I can now connect to everyone all over the world. Isn't that so cool?

@ Sherry Blue Sky, asante sana Koko. Thanks a lot. I had written it with a possibility of it being performed. I will be performing this piece some day in the near future. I will let you know. As of sending it to the newspapers here, it is almost impossible but there is no harm in trying it out. I will also let you know of this. :)

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