Thursday, 13 March 2008

For Boniface Gachugu - "I am not scared of the Dark"


A friend and poet Boniface Gachugu "Peanut" is in hospital today for major surgery and although he owes me a poem, I thought that my posting today should be dedicated to him and to his quick recovery...

"...Peanut, your friends are all rooting for you..."

A poem dedicated to you from me....

I am not scared of the dark anymore
Not of the glistening lights through the bedroom window
That look like huge orbs of eyes glaring at me as I sleep……

I am not scared of the dark anymore
Not of the sounds outside when the wind howls
Trees creak and the dogs yowl at the wee hours of enchantment

I am not scared of the dark anymore

Not of the sound my pulsing heart and heavy breathing
When sudden silence around me is deafening

I am not scared of the dark anymore
Not even when my furniture comes alive in the dark
And looks like a monster bearing down on me

I am not scared of the dark anymore

Not even when I fear that I might wake up at dawn to find
The whole world has gone and left me behind

I am not scared of the dark anymore
Not when my worst nightmares jolt me to a sweaty start
Praying that the nasty thoughts don’t stalk me as I wake

But I am not scared of the dark anymore
As I can see the glimpse of orange ember
Giving me hope of the sun trickling in

I am not scared of the dark anymore
As it is soon to be conquered by the blinding light of the sun




~Siki~

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Lets Recognize the Humble Heroes of Kenya

Maureen - Chairperson of Kibera Uzima Youth Initiative - Images by Jerry Riley


I went to Kibera last week Africa’s 2nd largest slum and found a gem called Maureen who walked through Kibera for 2 whole days identifying the weak and bed ridden who could not get up and look for food during the post electoral violence period that rocked Kenya. She and the wonderful people at Uzima Foundation http://uzimafoundation.org helped feed 120 homes as a result.

Kibera was one of the worst affected places and I saw signs of plunder when I came across what was left of burnt houses and churches. Yet I saw hope in the eyes of the youth in Kibera…and I think we should nourish it…

To read my article on Maureen please check out this link

http://generationkenya.co.ke/main/nourishing-hope-in-kibera/

I am especially pleased that this story touched a well known and respected journalist Mr. Charles Onyango-Obbo. To read his article check out this link

http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=25&newsid=118368


To all of you who supported me and my fellow Kenyans when we were going through the crisis I take this opportunity to give you my heartfelt appreciation….

~Sikiliza~