The weight of absence

Then I was four when my little sister was born; chubby cheeks with dimples, she was a sight to behold Even as kids we were quite different She was the well organized, tidy almost...

Apart together

People say that I look exactly like my mom I don’t see it at all In fact, when I was younger, for some reason, I was convinced I was adopted The older I got, the more I see that...

Unhanging my stethoscope

Everyone watched as the world slowed down to a silence At the time, nobody really cared that it was happening There was no way a virus chomping up a portion of Asia could survive...

Roses for Jean-Pierre

There was a time when phones had memories smaller than a pup’s Mine was a hand me down from my elder brother; a Nokia that opened up like a laptop, with a keypad arranged just...

Open the ship

When the day comes for you to be honest with yourself, you cannot pretend that you did not see it coming That day, you will be lying in bed, watching her; she is seated naked at...

Coward of the county

The last time I was in a fight must have been six years ago, and the only reason I did it is because this other dude decided he could fling my then girlfriend across the room I...

Jinamizi

When I think about it, the most pivotal moments of my career have been shaped by someone asking me, “Can you sing” The first one was Chizi Everyone knew Chizi It was hard to...

George Ojwaya

Your heart doesn’t immediately stop when you’re dying I would never have known this, had I not almost died If anything, it drops, like a feather blown gently by the wind...

The itch from Nyamasaria

As a young kid growing up, you go about doing the things growing up kids do You are a little troublemaker It comes with the territory But the constitution is very clear You go...

The ghosts of Lawi

-1- OLD SOULS I always knew it would be a girl for a first born I would name her Audrey Meaning strength and influence and grace To have a daughter and be her friend, the way my...

The Grandfather

That is not how he had thought he would die It is not even the place he thought he would be when he finally returned his soul to its owner above Granted, he had not really thought...

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