Nyakati Zetu

Ushai lamba lolo Lamba lolo Lamba lolo Ushai lamba lolo And what a way to be motivated in this city on my way to work. It is forty five minutes past five in the a.m. according to the city clock along the Uhuru Highway. If Uhuru, the president, receives a call: Caller: Where are you?…

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…

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…

Broken Mirror

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. Juja – Bus stage Supa Metro Bus Bound to Nairobi 28/8/2017 7:20 a.m. I’m standing in line as passengers board the…

Coffee | 5

“You come here often,” It’s a statement or a question, depending on how you look at it. Z breathes out, “I used to when my wife was alive, hii ndio ilikuwa baze but now it’s not that often. It’s a nice place, right?” I take in the place, “Yes it is. I like the ancient…

Talk | 4

“Here, use this,” The man takes me out of my reverie. I look at him, his eyes are on the (his) so white handkerchief which he wants me to have. “No…no. I’m fine.” I quickly wipe my tear with my thumb and assume my previous position; looking outside the window. Did he just try to…