Nairobi to Laikipia 23-4-2018

 

Laikipia to Nairobi
23 April 2017
I was flown
From the dust between the graves
On a torrid blue sky
Over parched land
Dust devils swirling incessant
On the thirsty Savannah
My life blood flowing out
To drench the seats of the craft
Memory of stretchers,
Masked doctors in blue
Needles in my arms
Oblivion 
Nairobi to Laikipia
23 April 2018
I flew back ONE year later
Below a lead-laden sky
Heavy with rain
Drops staining the glass
Over verdant Savannah
My young family with me
Smiling.     

 

 

 

 

Like for all ancient trees
Invisible scars tell their story
Marking my old body for ever
But it matters not:
There Ol Ari Nyiro appeared
It’s lakes and springs
It’s endless hills and forests
Green of a perennial life    

 

 

 

 

The clear line of the airstrip of Kuti
An intake of breath
And we were landing.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dogs ran to meet me
howling their joy
Rolled on their back
followed me head up,
In triumph
-Time in love and loyalty
Has no meaning-
The garden sang with birds
The sun was out.  
I walked straight to my graves
As I promised I would
Twelve full months later-
Carrying an armful of red flowers
(There were no Ibiscus)
I touched the yellow bark
Of Paolo tree
Warm like a human body
Rested my forehead
On Emanuele tree
I closed my eyes:   
   

And it was Laikipia.

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