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    African Writers’ Corner

    Looking down from Mt. Kenya

    Wangui wa Goro

    2009-02-05, Issue 418

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    Where do you hope to join my life
    Not like a river
    But as torrents and currents of the tide
    Buffeted by multitudinous waters of change
    Going back or forth?
    Lapping up the high and low banks
    Dazzling the plains with illuminous floodings
    Awash against the orange red sky of our history?
    Do you and I
    Merge as minor or major (con)tributeries
    To the great sea -
    Vast ocean of change?
    Or where do we become engulfed by (o)the)r tides of the past
    Of victory and of shame
    And of what futures unforetold, then and now?
    What do we become?
    Droplets of vapour
    Carried under the translucent sky
    To descend on unsuspecting blossom of spring-tide freedom
    As a dew drop - inseparably defiant;
    Or swallowed by the parched earth of our desert(er)s
    Or a hail stone in the tropical storm?
    Here we stand poised to (e)merge
    Like Gikuyu and Mumbi
    In a world of numerous possibilities
    Drawing from history
    And awed by the great expanses of the earth, the sea and the sky
    That our our future
    And which hold promises of infinite, infinite...
    London 1997

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