Oily hands, Ashy feet

He’s been running.Running barefoot through the streetsLooking for himselfOr rather the best version of himself;The person he promisedHis eight year old selfHe’d be one day-But his searchHas yielded nothing so far.The dust clings to him.The mud is now cakedIn the cracks of the soles of his feet-These feet,That have carried himFaithfully so farOn his quest,Are […]

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Stuck on should

Been travelling a bit lately.And I kept getting hung upOn how thingsShould beThe Uber should be cleanerThe bed should be softerThe shower should immediately dispsnse hot water-Little reminders dailyThat I am not in chargeAnd that my basic expectationIs that life should be going my way.But rather than actually holdingThe necessary people accountableAnd making my experience […]

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Load shedding

A reminder that all is not well.That the taxes you pay (or don’t)Don’t insulate you from theConsequencesOf poor administration.Being literally left in the darkAnd thinking that this is a metaphorFor the current state of the nationAnd wondering if this is your life now,And whether you would have these problemsIf someone else was in powerOr if […]

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On Changing the World

What is it exactlyThat you want to change?What exactly is missing?Sometimes we imagineWhat we would doIf we ever got the powerIf we ever got the opportunityIf we ever got a go at the wheel-How things would be betterHow we’d finally be happy.Changing the worldMay not look likeWhat we expected,And maybe being in chargeWon’t be all […]

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The language of pain

Doesn’t belongTo the objective learned ones,RemovedFrom the experience of it.It belongs toThe ones not sleeping as a result of itThe ones afraid to bear children because of it,The ones who go from one doctor to anotherLooking for relief.It belongs to the mother who can senseWhen her infant is not wellTo the old manThat feels that […]

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Customer, Client or Patient?

Beyond semanticsIt matters what you callThe person you seek to engage.A customer is a personInterested in a product,And expects a fair transactionGetting what they expect,Fair trade.No need for namesNo need for small talk,Sometimes the less peopleA customer has to deal withThe better.Convenience.A client is a personWhose name is known.Their needs are anticipated.Their nuances taken into […]

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Afro bubble gum

Art for art’s sake.Joy at just being joyful.Laughing with a friendAt a shared silent joke.Smiling at the smell of rainGyrating to the rhythmsOf transcendent sound.Living normal lifeWith the people you love.Frivolous pursuitsThat make the heart sing.Simple pleasures.Complex adventures.Happiness.These are thingsI wish to come to mindWhen I think of Africa. But they are not.We always seemTo […]

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Food Parcel

We appear to be far moreMotivatedTo offer Africans charityThan to take the necessary stepsTo see them onTheir own two feet.We project that generations unbornWill also depend on donationsWaiting, like always, at the back of the line.It seems that it is difficultTo look across the masses of AfricansAnd imagine themWell fedWell educatedProsperous.Oh, but we can give […]

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Wakanda Forever

There may not be a real King T’ChallaOr a thriving African metropolisHidden away from the worldThat didn’t suffer the crippling eventsOf recent centuries gone by,But there is an ideaThat there is a version ofThe African story that’s not merelySentimentalThat is more captivating than a wildlife documentaryUnfettered by directionless politicsBridling with economic energyWhere the “average African” […]

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Limitations

Are not absolutely limiting.Many of the legends we admire have had limitationsThat would make most of us tremble:From disease to discriminationThe threat is always real.And the fact that victoryIsn’t certainMakes the storyThat much more compelling.Our limitations need not absolutely limit usThey can be the walls that narrow our focus,The containers that help us hold the […]

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