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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