Sakina Taki, a poet from Nairobi, has found her peace in Zanzibar and for that she chose to launch her poetry collection, My Little Yellow Book, on the island. She speaks about healing, redemption, and redefining existence and essence.
Kati ya pendo na chuki, pana mpaka mwembamba
Hata pima haufiki, ukiupima kwa kamba
Jana ulomuashiki, nyimboni ukamuimba
Leo bure humtaki, akitajwa unavimba
A line between love and hate is but so thin
Not even a yard if measured with thread
The one whom you yesterday desired –
For whom you sang all songs
Today, they are just rubbish
And good for nothing
Mbona wesema husemi, na hivi umo wasema, kipi kikusemacho?
Ulisema husimami, kwako ni mbele daima, kipi kikurejeshacho?
Wesema husemi nami, tena kwa kunamba koma, leo kipi kikupacho?
You said you wouldn’t say anything
Yet now you do
What makes you do so?
You said you wouldn’t stop
Forward you would go
What makes turn back?
You said you wouldn’t speak to me
You even told me to behave
Why has now today prompted you –
Why are taking a U-Turn?
Soundtrack: Ally F. Juma
If insulting me will calm you a little bit down
If your soul will be relieved and soothed from pain
Then spit all your words on my face and never mind! Continue reading “If…”