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Letter to Man

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Hey
listen to the voice
a resounding NO
to this pandemic.

Dear mankind
this is a letter
that I must now write to you.

Do you want to see your grandchildren
do you want posterity to reign in your lives
or do you want to withstand
the shame of extinction?
Even the horrible humiliation of the body
seems to be escaping your sight.

Yet I know
that you don’t have to put up with all this.
Look to the right
the signpost to prevention is right there
and it clearly reads CONDOMS.

I beg you to take that direction
because I know
that you wouldn’t regret your destination.

Can’t you see
that the gains we have made
over the years
have been swept away
like pebbles caught in a wave.
I don’t think this is what you want

Do you want to give me a reply?
My address has not changed
but my joy will show
when I receive a positive reply
to this letter
which I must now end
YOURS SINCERELY.

Jacob Oketch.

Jacob Oketch

Featured Poem:

My Flower

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Speed is the enemy of emotion
I first love the sound of the guitar
It first makes me dream out loud
Come
Come on my flower
Let’s take a ride out in the desert
We will howl out at the moon
Walk with me my dearest flower
I am afraid to travel alone
Sit with me and watch the sun rise
As we listen to nature’s song
May I hold you beloved butterfly
And warm you with my love
Love skyward toward heaven
Take sight of the flying doves
Come rest your soul beside me
Find comfort in the shelter that is here
Seek love and you will find me my love

Come, come, have no fear
Pink flowers grow widely in the garden
I’ll spread their petals on our bed
No need for you to lift one finger
Just rest your pretty head
And if we go away
I promise you joy
Without pains that plague —-
Let the future on the life before us
Say goodbyes leaving the past behind
When the sun rises my angel, shall be with you
Never allowing your face to
To stray from me
In my arms is where you belong
This we know to be true
The doves we watch
Cannot compare with the beauty of you
And the fear I once felt
Has long left my mind
You have given me strength I could not find.
Laying you down in a bed of rose petals
God, what a beautiful sight
Lovely enough
To grace the halls of heaven
On any given night
Butterflies and nature’s secrets
Can witness how our love has grown.

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Biography

Jacob Oketch is a poet and a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been performing and writing poetry for almost a decade. At the moment,he is preparing to publish his first collection of poetry. He is also in the process of releasing a poetry CD that features other two poets from the East Africa region.

Oketch is a postgraduate student in journalism at the University of Nairobi. He has worked with a number of foreign and local cultural institutions to promote and publicise poetry including Goethe institute Nairobi, Italian institute of Culture Nairobi, and Kwani Trust. He has featured as a backup vocalist in a Kenyan musician’s CD besides also previously featuring in an acapella group. In addition, he has also acted in plays staged by theatre groups in Kenya, most notably the University of Nairobi free travelling theatre. He has written articles for various magazines published in Nairobi.

Jacob Oketch

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Biography

Jacob Oketch is a poet and a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been performing and writing poetry for almost a decade. At the moment,he is preparing to publish his first collection of poetry. He is also in the process of releasing a poetry CD that features other two poets from the East Africa region.

Oketch is a postgraduate student in journalism at the University of Nairobi. He has worked with a number of foreign and local cultural institutions to promote and publicise poetry including Goethe institute Nairobi, Italian institute of Culture Nairobi, and Kwani Trust. He has featured as a backup vocalist in a Kenyan musician’s CD besides also previously featuring in an acapella group. In addition, he has also acted in plays staged by theatre groups in Kenya, most notably the University of Nairobi free travelling theatre. He has written articles for various magazines published in Nairobi.

Letter to Man

Enlarge poem

Hey
listen to the voice
a resounding NO
to this pandemic.

Dear mankind
this is a letter
that I must now write to you.

Do you want to see your grandchildren
do you want posterity to reign in your lives
or do you want to withstand
the shame of extinction?
Even the horrible humiliation of the body
seems to be escaping your sight.

Yet I know
that you don’t have to put up with all this.
Look to the right
the signpost to prevention is right there
and it clearly reads CONDOMS.

I beg you to take that direction
because I know
that you wouldn’t regret your destination.

Can’t you see
that the gains we have made
over the years
have been swept away
like pebbles caught in a wave.
I don’t think this is what you want

Do you want to give me a reply?
My address has not changed
but my joy will show
when I receive a positive reply
to this letter
which I must now end
YOURS SINCERELY.

Jacob Oketch.

Featured Poem:

My Flower

Enlarge poem

Speed is the enemy of emotion
I first love the sound of the guitar
It first makes me dream out loud
Come
Come on my flower
Let’s take a ride out in the desert
We will howl out at the moon
Walk with me my dearest flower
I am afraid to travel alone
Sit with me and watch the sun rise
As we listen to nature’s song
May I hold you beloved butterfly
And warm you with my love
Love skyward toward heaven
Take sight of the flying doves
Come rest your soul beside me
Find comfort in the shelter that is here
Seek love and you will find me my love

Come, come, have no fear
Pink flowers grow widely in the garden
I’ll spread their petals on our bed
No need for you to lift one finger
Just rest your pretty head
And if we go away
I promise you joy
Without pains that plague —-
Let the future on the life before us
Say goodbyes leaving the past behind
When the sun rises my angel, shall be with you
Never allowing your face to
To stray from me
In my arms is where you belong
This we know to be true
The doves we watch
Cannot compare with the beauty of you
And the fear I once felt
Has long left my mind
You have given me strength I could not find.
Laying you down in a bed of rose petals
God, what a beautiful sight
Lovely enough
To grace the halls of heaven
On any given night
Butterflies and nature’s secrets
Can witness how our love has grown.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (1)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (1)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (2)

Letter to Man

Enlarge poem

Hey
listen to the voice
a resounding NO
to this pandemic.

Dear mankind
this is a letter
that I must now write to you.

Do you want to see your grandchildren
do you want posterity to reign in your lives
or do you want to withstand
the shame of extinction?
Even the horrible humiliation of the body
seems to be escaping your sight.

Yet I know
that you don’t have to put up with all this.
Look to the right
the signpost to prevention is right there
and it clearly reads CONDOMS.

I beg you to take that direction
because I know
that you wouldn’t regret your destination.

Can’t you see
that the gains we have made
over the years
have been swept away
like pebbles caught in a wave.
I don’t think this is what you want

Do you want to give me a reply?
My address has not changed
but my joy will show
when I receive a positive reply
to this letter
which I must now end
YOURS SINCERELY.

Jacob Oketch.

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