MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA. You are Kenya’s rising sun, erasing mist veiling gifts of a country sandwiched between talent and doubt. You are the unsung hero chronicler of this truth of paradox called Africa.Macharia You are Kenya’s fountain pen dancing political metaphors and satirical jives on the dictators unrepentant face. Your lines are heart jabbing and your poems are boiled in the deep pits of consciousness and then dish for to choose. We always dance to the rhythm before dinner of roast potato irony and pork chop metaphor. Mwangi you are African patriot carrying Africa in the streams of your marrow. Sing! Macharia Sing! Sing for Africa, its dimples and curves. Michael is a contributor of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal and supporter of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. ALUTA CONTINUA. Pamoja Tuinuke. For  information on submissions and other creative vibes CONTACT the CURATOR ,MBIZO CHIRASHA at miombopublishing@gmail.com

 

A CRY FOR BELOVED ONE
I hate to see this glittering gem
In the heart of the tropics
So filled with pain and grief
Darkness in sunlit days
Teetering on brink of destruction
From which it must be saved
Every fifth of the moon
For choice of temporal suitor
Despite her youthful energy
The unsung beauty and bounty …
I hate to see her hunger
Clad in foreign rags
Stitched with mixed colors
While she stands on wealth
Oil and precious metals
Expansive farms waiting to be tilled
Woods that’ve been stripped bare
Exposed to the elements….
When will she remove the mask
And wear a smile again
Happy for her struggling children
Finally liberated from this pain.

IT’S MIDNIGHT IN YAOUNDE

When the world wakes
From eternal unbroken reverie
To reality of a country
Torn apart by foreign tongues;

When the mass graves
Tucked with innocent villagers
Those that couldn’t ballot
Celebrated with hail of bullets;

When the grim reality
Of hapless shepherds in collars
Armed with crucifixes and oil
Swept by the raging storm;

When a continent is roused
From slumber of inaction
Too shamed to look at itself
At the mirror another time;

Will there be a country left
To rebuild from dust and ashes?

THE COMMON MAN
Walking down the street ,
He Mouths common epithets
About ‘us ‘and’ them’
Smiling with mindless glee
At the reckless ignominy
Flames of passion dancing
On grass thatched huts ;
Does he share in the victory
Or in the collective loss
Of shame and pride

THE VOICES SHOULDN’T BE STILLED

(For Mbizo Chirasha and brave voices)
The voices against suppression
Asphyxiation of humanness
The voices against want
The intolerable beastly conditions
The villages in the urban fringes,
The voices against free choice
On the system of governance
The will of a few against the people
The voices for the worker
Trapped in slavish conditions
Toiling long hours for a morsel
The unengaged youth
Without hope for better day-
The voices must not be stilled

WIND OF CHANGE

Smoking out the peasants
from their hovels of love
Humility, sharing and fulfillment
Driving them out with bullets
Making them queue to ballot
Put their approval to plunder
Senseless accumulation and murder-

The urgent wind of change
blows across a hapless continent
Demanding a new deal
The right price for natural wealth
That lies awaiting exploitation
For the good of all her children.

 

YOU SMILE AGAIN

You are still a beauty
despite having to endure pain
by those who seek gain
and shame a rich past

Aren’t they perturbed by shadows
those bereft of abode
disturbed and distraught,
protest for hearing unheard?

We can see the rivulets
flowing down your cheeks,
though your back is turned
to mask profound sorrow

Rest assured,
it cannot be forever
for a new day will dawn
restore your smile again…

JINJA

The spirit of Gandhi
Hangs over the source
of the great River Nile,
Ashes interred in the waters
speaking on need for peace
to inhabit a beautiful earth;
the waters sprout and rush
Embark on the epic northern journey,
to nourish the eternal thirst
of distant sands…

 


MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA is a prolific poet who was born and raised in Nakuru county of the expansive Rift Valley in Kenya.He is a graduate of Moi University .He was anthologized in Echoes Across the Valley and has published in online journals.He also contributes articles in Saturday Nation.He also has interest in photography, fine arts,music,drama and dance.He is associated with a private publisher and has edited a few manuscripts. He finds poetry a worthwhile and great pastime as well as form of expression.He feels the information technology revolution has been a great opportunity for poets to link up and create positive change in the world today.

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MBIZO CHIRASHA is the 2019 International Fellow (literary activism) of the International Human Rights Arts,New York (IHRAF2019). Vice Presidente in Africa for Movimioento Poetas del Mundo( Poets in the World).Recipient of Global Literary Influencer Certificate of Merit by
Directorio Mundial de Escritores through Academia Mundial de
Literatura, Historia, Arte y Cultura (2018). Recipient of PEN Deutschland
Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in
Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism
Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized
Writer. Recipient of the EU-
Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund (2017). Resident
Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe. Originator of
Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. Curator of the MiomboPublishing and Brave Voices Poetry Journal( miombopublishing.wordpress.com) .Contributor to Zimbolicious Poetry publications in Zimbabwe edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka. African Contributor to the Table of
Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie
Rouweler in Netherlands (2018-2019). Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for
Politics and Arts (2017). African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry
Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo( 2015-2020).
Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html). with German
International Translator Andreas Weiland (2016)
Young Zimbabwean Literary Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (2003
presented at Nordic Africa institute, Swedish Writers union, SIDA
Diplomatic luncheon , Radio Dialogue , Swedish International library
Association , Sweden National Education Summit).Jury Member of the International Images Film Festival (2013-2014). Artist in Residence of the Shungunamutitima International Film Festival (2015).
Poet in residence
of ICACD International Conference of Africa Culture and Development
courtesy of African Culture Development Institute (2009) . Participant of UNESCO Photo Novel Intensive Training( Tanzania and France 2009).Founder of the
GirlchildCreativity Project ( 2010) The African Drums Poetry Festival ( 2007).The Young Writers Caravan( 2004) Curator of MIOMBOPUBLISHING,
miombopublishing.wordpress.com and PERSONALITIES OF
INSPIRATION, personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com.
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