Celebrating East African Writing!

Wisps of Smoky Tears

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words. Robert Frost

Poetry on a grave stone

I have always admired people who can make emotions hang on a word. I have written poetry, but I am a writer of many words, and so mine is not quite the kind of poetry that brings wisps of smoky tears to my eyes.

So allow me to introduce you instead to the poetry that will bring out the humanity in us all.

Is it a good thing, to waste time? A Wasted Moment.

Transformation, Aristocracy, Music. Daydreams.

Power in equivocal benevolence. The Baton.

Modest honesty. The Bear in the Truth.

Grievances. Ak47 over the chemist counter.

To have your poems on the monthly gallery show, please send them in to us ( – Make sure that you mark clearly on the subject line Poetry for the Blog) every week by the last Thursday of every month. We will be looking for themed poetry that could likely be added to our performance portfolio. For details see this page.

Don’t forget to send in your Contemporary Nairobi Stories. Please send in your work to, and make sure that you mark clearly in the Subject line Contemporary Nairobi for Blog. Your emails will be filtered, so if you do not mark the subject line clearly, your mail may be misdirected or deleted. Please make sure that you send in your story by the Friday before the week when you would like your story to be published. Go here for more details.

Happy day-before- Friday!



This entry was posted on June 3, 2010 by in Writing.
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