Give Me the Poets of Yesterday
by PoemsnPoets Posted on 02/10/2014
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Give me the poets of yesterday.
The ones whose poems live on.
Those ones whose writing still breathes.
 
Give me Khadambi Asalache.
The one from Kaimosi.
That one of  "The Calabash of Life"
Give me that one I beg.
The one of "The Latecomer" and "Sunset in Naivasha."
 
Give me Okot p'Bitek.
The real man from Uganda.
Who sang the "Song of Lawino"
Give me Okot I beg thee.
He who voiced the suffering of a rural African wife
Give me that real man!
 
Give me Jonathan Kariara.
The one who warned his people
That  "A Leopard Lives in a Muu Tree"
That dear friend of Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Give me this man I beg thee
 
Give me Ngugi wa Thiong'o too.
The one of "Ngahika Ndenda" fame.
Give me Ngugi ohh I beg thee.
I stand at "The River Between"
Feeling small like "A Grain of Wheat"
Looking at these "Petals of Blood" 
Left here by the "Wizard of the Crow"
I beg you give me Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
 
Give me Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye!
The lady of "Murder in Majengo"
Who sang "Song of Nyarloka and Other Poems"
Ooh how I want Marjorie.
Bring life to todays poets I beg
Like you did to "Coming to Birth" 
 
Give me one more poet Shailja Patel
She of "Migritude: migrant-attitude-negritude,"
Give me Shailja Patel I beg thee 
She of "The 90-minute spoken-word theatre show" 
I am already "Dreaming in Gujurati"
 
How pleasant life would be.
What more can a young poet ask?
Give me the poets of the old.
These ones of today are cold.
Their work is not as bold.
Give me those of the old.
Whose writing was and is gold.
Give me the poets of the old.
 
©martopoems
 




   

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