Monday, December 8, 2008

Too far from home

Ironic isn't it?! Why you ask? Here's why, I'm smack dab right back to where most of it began but I couldn't be further if I was catapulted flailing and screaming to the planet formerly known as pluto (Or rather the pluto formerly known as planet!)

I took a walk today. A walk down a dusty road that I have walked down more times than I can remember. A dusty village road that practically raised me.

Past the brook that I fished for tadpoles in - It has dried up
Past the kiosk where I used to buy koo and patco - All it sells now are shrivelled sukumas and tomatoes
Past the church whose name was too long to fit on it's mabati structure - It's now a school
Past the kinyozi which my brother went to religiously every sunday morning - It's now a butchery
Past the butchery where I got delicious mutura every evening on my way home - It is now a photo studio
Past my best friends house where many memories abound - She is halfway across the world
Past me an old lover drove - He didnt recognise me, and I didn't even bother to wave

How can a path so familiar be fraught with so much unfamiliarity?!!

Too far from home - Eric Wainaina
Unwritten - Natasha Beddingfield
Step by Step - Urban Knights

Ake - Wole soyinka (An autobiography)

Saturday, December 6, 2008


It feels abso-effin-lutely beautiful to be back home! I don't give a shit what anyone says but the feeling you get when you get back to kenya no matter how long you've been away is the best feeling there is! If I could swear, I'd swear that for a few moments as the wheels of the plane kissed the landing strip I heard Eric Wainaina belting out the last line of Kenya Only "...Daima mi ni mkenya, mwananchi mzalendooooooooooooooooo..."

It's a wee bit weird though, Kenya hasn't changed much but I've changed a whole lot. I wonder how that will work out..... hmmmm. Off to tea-spot to ruminate on that. Any random lots are welcome.


Suluwe - Chizi
Village girl - Valerie Kimani