Celebrating East African Writing!
It is of importance especially now
It is urgent more so today
When our patience is running low
When the tolerance runs really thin
That we learn to stand together.
It is important that we learn to love
It is urgent that we start to hug
Especially those we didn’t love before.
It is of essence that we as a people
stand as a people and say
you’ve been on the balcony for this long.
Show me the fruits of those years.
It is of essence that we question our beliefs
especially as a country
more so today, a multicultural country.
It is boring and banal of course
Platitudinous, even though we need to say
to one another
look here brother,
I know you don’t know me
I know I may speak funny
I know my hair may be different
I know my skin is darker, or lighter
But can you push up a little farther?
We all need to learn to give this push
We cannot get to the top, on our own.
It is of importance that we question our beliefs.
That we question what we’ve been taught.
We need to ask what is this that makes us different.
It is stupid that we can fight together in schools
It is sad that we can go through colleges
It is annoying that we can joke together at work
struggle as we hack it at the same jobs
Then go back to mediocre thinking.
It is stupid that we can tolerate this.
It is mediocre that we as a people
can fail to understand our nation’s beginnings.
It is of essence that we recalibrate our goals
That we sit back and ask ourselves
Would things be any different
If I ever did them different?
Would Kenya be better if I loved it more?
Of course it is a lie to think we can wish our differences away
to think that we can create simplistic solutions.
It is difficult to trust after the lies, yes.
But we know that reparations have got to be made
We know that history has got to be addressed
We know the hatred won’t just go away
the distrust won’t go away
in a day or a week or a month.
And we believe we can be a better people
We believe, we can rise again
We know we shall rise again.
© Sanya Noel