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    African Writers’ Corner

    My sweet baby, my wife

    Dennis Dancan Mosiere

    2011-05-19, Issue 530

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    'I was eleven perhaps ten when I met her
    When I was introduced to her
    She whose voice was rhythmic
    In the mountains of Gusiiland
    When she spoke, she drew people from far and wide
    They came running and walking
    Standing and sitting down, listening
    To her soothing rhythmic voice…'

    I was eleven perhaps ten when I met her
    When I was introduced to her
    She whose voice was rhythmic
    In the mountains of Gusiiland
    When she spoke, she drew people from far and wide
    They came running and walking
    Standing and sitting down, listening
    To her soothing rhythmic voice
    Her words were music
    Her words were stories, they were songs
    They danced to her cry
    They danced in her happiness
    They watched her,
    Everybody loved her, everybody wanted to court her
    She made them kneel down,
    They were united in their collective epiphanies
    That defined their destinies
    She consoled, she taught
    She narrated and she preserved

    I loved her too
    I was smitten and I wanted her
    I wanted her to be my companion
    She, who I could cherish all my life
    I wanted her to be with me
    Even in the turbulent of times
    To be me and me to be her
    I wanted to sing my story
    The story of my life
    I wanted her to console me and protect me
    Tender to me as a mother does to the baby
    I fall in love with her
    She reminded me of times immemorial
    And made me dream of great times to come
    I was young, yes
    But this was as real as the blue sky
    Clear of clouds

    Then one day, before all the people
    Before every eye that was present
    As my witnesses
    As the trees were swaying to her rhythms
    That evening I went to her as she sang
    And I begged for her hand of affection
    Because she had stolen my heart
    And I wanted to steal hers
    I wooed her with my gentle pleas
    She didn’t accept and she didn’t refuse either
    We began seeing each other
    It was difficult for two years
    Trying and trying
    She was older than me
    But smitten by my juvenile love

    For ten years I never saw her again
    I was forced into exile for reasons, unknown
    But my heart was hers
    The rhythms of her voice never left me
    They stayed caged in my heart
    I guess it was same story, even with her
    Then one day, I met her again
    I was twenty, and we married there and then
    I went home with her, happy and healed
    Of the fatigue of my long loneliness
    We connected and her rhythmic chords
    Fused evenly with my vocal chords
    We became an ensemble of melodies
    A sound so musical, a sound so poetical
    That is how I married my wife-OBOKANO
    She who I met at ten and married at twenty
    We were then declared a musical couple
    Grand Masese and Obokano
    We are blessed with many children.


    * Dennis Dancan Mosiere aka Grand Masese is a performance poet/writer/actor and musician based in Nairobi. He is also a Fahamu Pan African Fellow for Social Justice.
    * Please send comments to [email protected] or comment online at Pambazuka News.

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