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Moses Kainwo

Letter To Mandela: 11th February,1990

Once in
Some in you go in with you
Your self
Your family
Your land
Sacrificing with you

Once out
Some in you come out with you
Your self
Your family
Your land
Forgiving with you

One thing
Yet knows no suffering
Knows no boundaries
Whether in or out of jail
Is your voice crowned

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I too, have got shoes

Have you seen shoes on children here
No shoes for other children
No shoes for your children
My uncle said to my dad

I lost my shoes—small shoes
from then on
My feet crushed the thorns
from then on

The city was taken from me
But not me from the city
from then on

Many years later my shoe remover died
And I got back my shoes
Bigger shoes—for crushing thorns
from then on

I cat walked in them

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Workplace Jingle

From the crammed crypt to the script
A new sun has shone on me
It is the Son from Sonzone
And He says come work with me

Be you Martha in the fore
Or that Mary wearing shawl
There’s new lease of life at work
And He says come work with me

Yet one King will have to reign
For all those who want a rain
On their apron or their scalpel
And He says come work with me

When He comes as C-E-O
And you stand up on your toes
Transformation is on us
For He says come work with me

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The Peace of Christmas

This fully spirited rendition
Of tranquilizers,
Packaged by innocence—in a manger,
In a manger,
Has surprised the hungry and the angry with peace.

But down the road in years ahead,
Mary Magdalene waits,
With many heads,
That will settle
For peace not dreamed of;
Yet cares less who cares,
And would follow her new-found dream
To view a Roman cross.

As for today, Father Christmas
Has chosen to be a toy
To countless children—a celebrity god;
Tantalizing them with gifts—not in a manger,
Not in a manger,

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Peace In The Mano River Union

River Mano Mano River
Love meanders along a river course
Gossip here will only seal the peace
A man of rivers will only rev a boat
To the other side to the other banks
To withdraw from bankruptcy

I am the Mano River
The collateral for true peace
The pact you signed will last
If you took me in as witness
I was born in peace that was not faked
Witnessing yours renders it fakeless

Write a song that begins with my name
Sing a song that ends with my name
Let the drummer boy talk with drums
With Mano River under the cover
Louder than street drumming and dancing
That advertises in fake tunes

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Kitana My Daughter’s Cat

Kitana my daughter’s tomcat
Goes to school to practise to play
His new-tamed paws will march in a house
Rather than mow down a mouse

All day long he will twist his tongue
To chitchat with the Queen’s blue tongue
The rats and mice will sway their tails
With Kitana so hot on their trail

The teacher once voted a verse
But Kitana reversed for a dash
In a window had sat a rat
An offence to my daughter’s cat

He went for the hind of his find
The kind that satisfied his mind
He had gone to school on a fast
But now had a find for breakfast

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