The Journalist

He wielded a pen,
A notebook and

With these he broke news through the jaundice of his eyes
And penned news according to the depths of his stomach
And broadcast news by the tastes of his mouth.

When on May the 3rd he sensationally died
With his fourth estate securely scooped,
News was sadly yellowed in the gutters of his bloody press.



12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alexander on June 6, 2012 at 17:55

    I vividly have in mind a “journalist” (actually one of the more prolific Daily Nation scribes) who at one time loudly and fairly unashamedly declared on his FB wall “It is time to earn money now!”, or something very close. Since I have never been averse to shaming the shameful, that one was (PROTECTED – THIS NAME HAS BEEN EXPUNGED BY THE POET), indeed one of the most obvious “bought keyboards” in the (PROTECTED – THIS NAME HAS BEEN EXPUNGED BY THE POET). Shindwe!


  2. Posted by Oluoch-Madiang's Poetry on June 6, 2012 at 18:01

    Ok, Shindwe Kabisa. 😉


  3. In the spirit of Alexander, Oluoch can you name and shame the scribe you talk about?


  4. Posted by Oluoch-Madiang's Poetry on June 6, 2012 at 18:47

    @Maryannewaweru…the poet watches and writes and share experiences; the reader fashions meaning.


  5. Posted by Alexander on June 6, 2012 at 19:17

    Mary Anne, Oluoch had agreed with me before in his follow-up, but then has it thought better to keep the agreement private, via editing his (and mine) text, 🙂 😀


  6. Posted by Judith on June 7, 2012 at 05:30

    Pray, is he still called a journalist when it gets to this? Me thinks not.


  7. Posted by Oluoch-Madiang's Poetry on June 8, 2012 at 08:22

    ALEXANDER…From a journalist friend who would want to remain Anonymous (source protection? Lol!)

    “Greetings Madiang,

    A powerful poem speaking to an issue very close to my heart. However, I will not keep it up on my wall because the comments you’ve received offer very strong opinions on one journalist in particular. I believe in naming and shaming, but with evidence and great transparency. So, perhaps you could challenge your blog follower to offer more evidence and possibly state what steps he has taken to report said journo etc. I can’t defend the reporter, but neither will I participate in the assassination of his character based on rumour.

    Yours is a mighty pen, I look forward to reading more.”


  8. Posted by on June 12, 2012 at 08:17

    well, well, well! The starving journalist! Perhaps if there was better earning there wouldn’t be any trouble, no?


  9. Posted by Oluoch-Madiang's Poetry on June 12, 2012 at 15:21

    You think it is a question of ‘poor earnings’ Mbogo? Not ever, my friend!


  10. Posted by George Omondi on July 11, 2012 at 21:10

    I got no powers to crucify any journalist without tabling tangible evidence ,but it goes without saying that there are journalists who bring ‘the power of the pen or lack of it’ into disrepute by engaging in mediocrity and graft thereby tabling unsubstantiated facts as news…a very unfortunate state of affairs


  11. Posted by Alexander on May 3, 2013 at 10:02

    Well. it was Oliver Mathenge who was named, and of course his name will remain and be repeated. As is due.


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