For Kariuki Gakuo…


One time this time I will tell about Kariuki Gakuo and we –
Of the four eyes that askance’d yesterday’s ugali,
The hands that hesitated, trembled at first then
Gingerly felt for landmines.
Of the grumbling stomachs that cared less
And a hunger that was ushered into Soyinka’s gray vault
By swaggering feet in arguing shoes.

Two and many reluctant feeders, who,
Defying head and talking with their food,
Held up Godot as she was waited.

You have finished, Master
And we have scraped our palms off Moi’s old mealie meal!

March on Karis: burst onto God’s stage
Left centre
And rip the cloudy curtains!



7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mudamba Mudamba on March 10, 2014 at 16:14

    Is it about exits?


  2. Posted by jay on March 10, 2014 at 16:17

    Nice one bro. Well remembered by we who shared the intellectual meal


  3. …All said and done,Kariuki Gakuo’s humility i will miss. A good send off for him Madd…


  4. When icons who make the world go round exit from the world’s stage, we can only wonder of the gluttony of death. For yesterday it was the caged bard, and today, he whose poetry I breathe. For the heaven’s stage is larger than the world’s. Fare thee well and make the heavens shake.




  6. Posted by Sylvia Kibisu on March 17, 2014 at 16:40

    Rest in Peace Uncle Kariz you will forever be remembered in our hearts and minds….


  7. Posted by Ngonyo on April 18, 2016 at 23:31

    You left too soon bro, you didn’t give us a chance to know and understand your work. Till we meet again, God give you rest and us peace.


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