Poems and Quotes

Poems and Quotes (5)

In Memoriam :Prof. Wangari Maathai, Ph.D. 1940-2011Environmentalist and human rights campaigner Wangari Maathai in Kiriti, Kenya, in 2004. Photograph: Micheline Pelletier/CorbisA mighty tree has been felled,not by fiercely wielded bladesof vilifying and vindictive axes of power politics,but by the relentlessly ravaging storms of a treacherous, deadly illness.A tiny seed from…
Saturday, 21 January 2012 10:29

In Remembrance of Wangari Maathai

Gong of deathThe gong of deathIs going to silenceThe life bellsAnd snatch my soulTake it into deep wellsDark and unknownIn resounding decibelsThis gong shall causeA mass celebration in demiseRecounting a life lived in torrentsA torment,It shall cause heartbreakLeave less a mark to walkThe talkIt shall provokeSorrow!Grandmaster Masese
Saturday, 21 January 2012 10:30


"‘Probably 'Psychology’ is not the appropriate word, but I do believe that there is a distinctly African was of looking at things, of problem solving and indeed of thinking - we have our own logic-system which makes sense to us, however confusing it might be to the Westerner. If we…
There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors. I think you thought there was no such place for you, and perhaps there was none then, and perhaps there is none now; but we will have to make it, we who…
Saturday, 21 January 2012 10:35

Politicised funerals

Pity our waheshimiwa,haggling over corpseslike a parody, a farcical enactmentof great Brutus and Mark Antony.Pity them, the pinstripe dogswho chew upon the bodies of the dead.It’s such a growling wayto offer your condolencesto family and friends.Is it their pay that makes them rabid?Come, let’s pity them.For, see, they cannot grieve,not…