Dear Dad,

Sometimes the clothes don’t make the man. Sometimes the three piece suit does not make Baba Kendi. Sometimes the two piece suit that shines like an aluminium foil does not make Baba Omondi. Sometimes the once white but now brownish coat does not make Baba Njeri wa mutura. Sometimes the maroon tout uniform does not…

It Is Well

I have attended a couple of funerals. Most being of people I do not know. The number of times I interacted with them, all summed up, ought to be less than 24 hours. Each time I sit on a church’s pew or under a tent, I watch intently as the family and friends of the…

Key & Hole

I want heavenly sex when I marry! Before he specified the kind of pekejeng he wanted, I had narrated to him and another male friend the story — God & Children — which is part of the series, Men & Marriage on Bikozulu. His sudden outburst was prompted after I narrated this part of the story:…

Men Don’t Talk

Certain locations, scenes and phrases have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes Thursday 2, May 2019 Kirinyaga County St. Michael Catholic Church Kiamaina 11:15 a.m “We are gathered today to bid farewell to our beloved brother. A man we all loved. So, at this juncture I would kindly ask his dear family and friends to lead…

Us & Us

You give birth. No, before giving birth, you search for a house help. She has to be mature enough to take care of children. You prefer someone with kids. They are responsible, you say. One who is not easy on the eyes — sura pasono. Your are solely the one to keep your bed warm….

Beautiful Little Fool

I’m leaning on my car at my daughter’s school compound. She’s been away for five days. From the letter wrote to us parents, the heading read, “The Eights Annual Trip Getaway”. You do not write getaway in a letter that should be read by a ’60s parent. A parent who on his first day at…

Of Undressed Nights and Cigarettes

As a man you don’t get to live His right hairy leg, his left beneath it, dangles on the edge of the bed. Over his shoulder, he looks at her. Her eyes closed but not fully closed, she is asleep. He stares at her—her short kinky hair now freed from the blonde wig; her dry…

Write On Me

Tigoni St. Andrew’s Road November 16, 2017 11:34 p.m. September fifteenth, two months ago, I vowed before God and man that I would love her with all I was and everything I had. Cherish and protect her, as well. I meant every single word. And she was emotional, my girl. Her eyes were brimmed with…

Before My Eyes

Nairobi Milimani Law Courts March 13, 2002 10:17 a.m. … The court has considered and weighed the aggravating and mitigating circumstances found to exist in this case, bearing in mind that human life is at stake here. The court finds, as did the jury, that the aggravating circumstances present in this case outweigh the mitigating…

Behind The Sheets

Ngong Johari Lodging, Bed & Breakfast 13/5/2018 2:15 a.m. I Azari Baraza He grips her thigh Take you Andrew Mbogori. Thrust. Grunt. Moan. To be my lawful wedded husband He places her thigh over his shoulder. Forsaking all others He pulls out and thrusts. Harder. She opens her eyes and meets his. Moan. Grunt. For…