Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Watchman

There is a small red hill close to the
Convent called Resurrection Garden on the
Edges of the City where Pope visited in
In the Year 1995.

The small red hill is at the bottom of
A steep unpaved Rhino Park Road that leads
To the back entrance of the gated
Neighborhood of my early childhood.

In the back entrance there used to be
An old Kalenjin Watchman, who spent days
In the shelter of a narrow shack,
Rungu in hand and reading a Swahili
New Testament.

Sometimes I imagine you as a Watchman,
And you are not very old,
But you wait for me in that narrow shack.
You wait for me.