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Auma's Poem on Kenya .. and its Democratic Voices

Dear all,

I am sharing with you a gorgeous poem that Auma (Auma Leah) shared with me this past week, in the midst of the election violence that is gripping Kenya.

"I Would Rather Be Poor'
by Auma

I would rather be poor if this is how the rich behave
After all i'm wealthy in reason and resources

I would rather be uneducated if this is how the well
schooled behave
For they will have read more notes but i will be wiser

I would rather be hungry if this is how the satisfied
behave
For in my hunger i will be humane

I would rather be a guard at the parliament gate if
this is how the politicians behave
For i will brush shoulders with them at the entrance
and not participate in their sly schemes

I would rather be powerless if this is how the
powerful behave
For in my toothlessness i will bite harder and deeper.

Leah

Comments

Julie L's picture

Thoughtful and beautiful

Thoughtful and beautiful! Thanks for posting. May we all start the new year in the spirit of Auma's poem: wise, humane, and rich in "reason and resources."

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