Friday, 1 December 2017

Of things that hurt | Poetry from Kenya

La Macchina Sognante, the literary magazine directed by poet Pina Piccolo, has now an English version: The Dreaming Machine
I'm glad that in the first issue of the magazine Kevin Mwachiro and Seise Bagbo's poems found a home. 
Here a taste of them:


KEVIN MWACHIRO



Your Wind

My radio is silent and the TV faceless
Yet your voice forever tuned-in and your memory glued.
Your stature earthed, but your roots your legacy
Your smile dimmed, but your radiance glows
Your wind – how strong it still blows!


SEISE BAGBO


Of the things that hurt,
Of all the things that i cried for but didn’t get,
Of the fresh wounds that bleed but won’t be nursed,
Of the stories that dried up in our throats,
Of our hearts that hang on fences,
Unloved and unloving,
Of all the men and women who broke our hearts,
We still see you in the reflections of our brokenness,
Of the betrayal and loyalty,
The knives are still stuck at the places you stabbed,
Of us all who survived,
The scars are a show that we are still alive,
That we fought and got here,
Our names stuck with the stars,
Of you who fought by us,
We die by the sword,
Of all the moments,
Of pleasure and pain,
Of kings and paupers,
Of queens and chamber maids,
Of us all.
We lived, we loved

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