SILENT WITNESS (Childhood Memories Pt 2)

I know you hear me every night,

I know you see you every day,

I know you know it’s him,

I know you know.


 

You live right next door to us,

You have never even knocked at the door,

I wonder, what you tell your children when they hear me scream?,

Neighbor, I know you know.


 

You won’t ever let your children play with me,

Even for a few minutes to help me forget,

Because you don’t want them to know,

And I know you know.


 

Mama Mboga, you heard me crying last week,

After that you went to chama, ukamwita mnyama,

You gossip in hushed tones and give me mandazis,

Mama mboga, I know you know.


 

Mr. Dawa, the dear chemist,

When the health officers come, why don’t you tell them I come for dawa daily?

Is that why you shake his hand, go for a drink and never charge me?

Mr. Dawa, I know you know.


 

Bwana Afande, the protector,

He is a good man because he always give you the ‘golden handshake’,

You will protect so long as he does not touch anyone else’s child,

Bwana Afande, I know you know.


 

Yes dear government,

You collect your numbers and get your statistics right,

You put a shelter somewhere and eat my billions,

You see, I know you know.


 

I know you hear me every night,

I know you see you every day,

I know you know it’s him,

I know you know.


………………………………………… amare poeta

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