With a story to tell full of wit,
of a childhood with humour and grit,
in a land in the sun,
where living was fun,
he wrote ‘Speak Swahili, Dammit!’
Though tragedy walks through his tale,
and ‘Death’ was the name of that vale,
he met with such goodness,
warmth, comfort and kindness,
from watu whose humour can’t fail.
Recalled of those days now long past,
with chaos the master of cast,
on a stage wild and fraught,
he never gave aught
for power no matter how vast.
Life often just isn’t fair,
to give to the poor not a share,
let them languish in pain,
while observing the vain
flourish riches with never a care.
Long gone from that place of his soul,
he harboured a long time a goal,
to return to his roots,
to nourish the shoots
of that spirit of sharing a bowl.
‘Speak Swahili, Dammit!’ is out,
indeed it is a redoubt:
‘In the midst of your cares,
your worst of nightmares,
life’s still blessed there isn’t a doubt.
So cry when the going is sad,
rejoice when it isn’t all bad,
laugh till you are in pain,
at strange antics arcane,
and tell of this new-found fad.
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