Poetry, Uncategorized

FIREFLIES UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

Photo:  Kenya post-election violence, 2008*

 

Nepotism and lies

Of those that claim

Corruption and tribal ties

Do not exist,

Insist

They’re made up.

The Powerful prioritise

Personal gain under political guise.

 

A suffering nation defies

Democracy’s demise

And generations of apathy with

Anarchy.

 

Those who defy are

Crushed like flies.

 

The promise of hope slowly dies,

Like fireflies under African skies.

 

 

 

*The United Nations estimates that there are still as many as 17,000 internally displaced refugees in Kenya.  The next presidential elections are scheduled for March 2013.

 

(A while ago I read somewhere on WordPress the phrase ‘fireflies under African skies’ and it stuck with me and partly inspired the piece above.  Sorry, I can’t remember whose blog it was, but thank you, and if it was you, please let me know, so that I can thank you personally).

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Poetry, Uncategorized

LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2012

Dear Mr Miliband,

The thing we cannot stand

Is the nasal way you’ve got

Of talking like you’re full of snot.

So at this party conference

Before imparting your deliverance

Take a cotton handkerchief,

Red spotted is advised, first sniff,

Then give a loud and mighty blow

To augment and enhance your rhinal flow.

It will make the Labour Party’s day

To be addressed in a de-congested way.

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