A shrill in the woods
thrilled the hearts of the old,
they whistled in imitation
and sang in unison
as they danced to the tunes
of the rhythm of the trees,
swaying in command
of the passing winds
The beetles rattled
as they battled through the foliage.
The forest bees buzzed,
the humming birds sang
and monkeys shrieked
far on the treetops
The hunters drew
their bows and arrows,
aiming silently at the game
in the heart of the forest.
The women gathered fruit and grain
and collected beads and wood
Updated Sunday, February 26 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3
CAROLINE KAWIRA moved to Germany in 2004 but at heart she is still the little country girl who grew up in Chuka, Meru. She tells KIUNDU WAWERU how her love to help people inspired her to pen a book
Moving abroad for most Kenyans is the ultimate dream. Even as students, many decide to remain in the ‘greener pastures’ long after their visas have expired. If they happen to visit their homeland, it is with foreign accents and mannerisms, and after a few days of visiting, off they fly out again only to be heard and seen years later.
Make hay while the sun shines
As an African child growing up in a small village far away from the big cities, I could not connect the meaning of this saying to anything I knew and it remained for me a secret source of some big knowledge, it awakened in me a big hunger to know more. Hungry and thirsty after strange and far away knowledge.
You have been driven away,
so far away that you lost direction.
But the little and fragile spirit in thee
is strong and willing to move on.
The way is not clear and smooth,
but you have some fighting within you.
You may not know it now,
but someday you will arise.
Honest, challenging, compelling, motivational, triumphant, this book of poetry and short stories finds strength in faith as her life’s work pursues aides for others. Coming Home reveals all that we can accomplish in the name of good for our neighbours around the world.