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Clean Sheets

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Straight from the dryer

Clean sheets for cozy bedtime

Simple abundance



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Her Borders Hold My Heart

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O God of all creation

O Africa, my Motherland

Bedrock of this world’s creation

O Kenya, heart of Africa

And land of my birth

 

Bless this our land and nation

Adorned with flame trees

Blazing red on the plains

And purple jacaranda blooms

Standing sentinel

 

Justice be our shield and defender

Lofty ideals for a young nation

Eager for independence

From Britain’s rule

 

May we dwell in unity

Such high aspirations

For a colonized country

Of 40 tribes with 69 languages

 

Peace and liberty

Tribal fighting

Political corruption

Post-colonial mark

Of shame

 

Plenty be found within our borders

Pristine white sand beaches

And hermit crabs

 

The Rift Valley,

Lush, deep, and rich

Like Africa itself

And one of the few things on Earth

Visible with the naked eye from space

 

The Maasai, a tribe

Infused lavishly with

Heritage and grit

Fighting extinction

 

An acquired scent of red earth

The unique petrichor

Of Kenyan dust and rain

 

Animals of the Amboseli

Lions, cheetahs, elephants

The sleek necks of giraffes

Who pluck at

The twigs of thorn trees

 

Yes, Kenya still holds plenty

Within her borders,

Including my heart.



The challenge at d’Verse today is to look at your national anthem and weave some of the text/meaning into a poem. I was born in Kenya. The national anthem is, in Swahili, “Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu.” In grade school we sang this in Swahili every morning before class. I have italicized the English lines of the first stanza of the anthem in my poem. Here is the entire anthem with the Swahili/English beside each other:

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Here is a youtube version of the Kenyan national anthem:

 

Transplant

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Dig me up

Out of the muck

And mire

Drowning

My roots

Bogging

Me down

In stagnant

Swamps of

Sorrow

***

Cut loose

The weeds

That choke

The life

From my

Shoots

***

Transplant me

In fertile soil

Rich

Abundant

Grounded in

Joy

***

Face me

Upwards

So I can taste

Sunlight on

My petals

Drink rain

Into my

Leaves

***

Then watch me

Bloom

And flourish

In the garden

Meant for me.



Shared with Poet’s United in Poetry Pantry #266.

Lighthouse

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Douglas Salisbury

A beacon blaze of light in dark waters

You shine in my soul, guiding the way

Do you lead me safely to shore

To keep me from the others

Not to protect me well

But to lock me up

In your lighthouse

Built for one

So I’m

Yours?



Photo credit: Douglas Salisbury

Written as a nonet for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads where we were inspired by the amazing photography of Douglas Salisbury.

 

Humpty Dumpty Love

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Crack me open

like an egg

and what will you find?

can you exist

subsist

on the yolk

of me

am I enough

to nourish

flourish

you

or am I

so shattered

and scattered

you fancy

yourself

just another

one of the

king’s men

who can never

put me together

again?



Shared with Open Link Night #153 over at d’Verse Poets.

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Silent Darkness

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Darkness,

my old friend,

has come

to visit me again

his presence

stifles

crashes down

muting sound

blinding colors

into grey

my world falls

so silent

while he is here

I momentarily

forget to listen

for the old brag

of my heart

whispering

I am, I am, I am.



Written for the Midweek Motif prompt over at Poet’s United.  The prompt this week is “Silence.”

Additional inspiration taken from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and from Sylvia Plath’s famous quote: “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

 

 

Sundrenched World

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I want to swim

In your sundrenched world

Basking in the depths

Of your warm soul water.



Written as a naani. Got the idea for the title from this Joshua Radin song:

 

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