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I Once Made Things Happen

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I once stood tall hovering above all
Arms stretched wide
Fingers playing with the sun
Casting dancing shadows beneath
Feet reaching out like a lovers embrace

I once stood tall

I once swayed and swung
to the whistles of my friend the wind
and he would sometimes make me swing my clothes off
I have since grown as old as the winds
Strong and grounded

I once swayed

I once made things happen
The clouds cried out my name
The streams matured from boys to men
I made women ululate
For I brought warmth to their lives

I once made things happen

I once made the ground shed its dust off
Quenching its deep thirst
as I made the heavens thunder
Scaring children to their mothers’ underskirt

I once made all this happen

Now, I live in fear
Knowing that my day is coming.

Yours too is coming
When you cut the rest of my kind down
And your song becomes

I once made things happen

Njeri Wangare

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Death's Face

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I have looked at death’s face,
Its lifeless eyes looking at nothingness,
Its hand soft like a child’s
Yet with folds and veins
That bear witness to life at its last.

I have heard death speak,
Its shrill, quiet voice
Seems to lose its thought.
The words crying out yet,
Still carrying hope
Like a drop of water
Seeking survival in a desert
Saying
I am alright,
Do not cry for me,
I am alright
I see the peace I will feel.

I have felt death around me,
Next to me,
Staring back at me,
Talking to me,
I have felt its cold
Yet warm presence lingering
Like a sweet aroma
Pulling her
Njeri wa Gikaru
Cucu, my grandmother

I sat there
A warm wet feeling on my cheeks
As death’s eyes stared back at me
With the same hollowness.

njeri wangare

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Biography

Njeri Wangare is a multi talented Kenyan poet and performer, IT specialist and arts blogger whose collection of poetry was recently published under the title Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words. The 114 paged book contains over 40 poems that explore themes on Urban Blues, Love, Identity, Traditions, Cultural changes, Exploitation and Politics among others. Though most of the poems are in English, there are a few in Kiswahili, and Sheng

“She is one of the most respected female poets in Nairobi today”, The Sunday Nation writer Joseph Ngunjiri says of Njeri, “Njeri Wangari has a powerful voice, and she knows how to put it to good use. Whenever she takes to the podium to recite a poem, she has her enthusiastic audience applauding all the way.”

Njeri’s love for the arts began at an early age through her appreciation of African culture. This, she found to be well expressed in many of the books that she started reading while still young and they have shaped the person she has now become.

The year 2004 is when she penned down her first poem and 3 years later she made her first attempt in front of an audience to start performing her poems. She has now among some of the most talented Kenyan poets.
She has been running her blog, www.kenyanpoet.com since 2005,a project that she initially started in order to publishing her poetry online. It has since grown to incorporate other forms of art as well as host other poets. She has contributed immensely to the promotion of Kenyan Poetry not only on stage but also through the internet through her reviews on art performances and by encouraging up and coming poets to start blogs and eventually share their work through performance. She is currently part of the Global Voices Online-An online portal for citizen journalists, as a writer on African Arts.

Njeri has come to be known as the voice of reason and change in the Kenyan poetry circles due to the content and theme of her poems which range from culture, religion, human rights, technology and everyday challenges in the Kenyan society.

She performs regularly at various poetry spots in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi as well as in institutions and companies where she is invited from time to time.

Njeri is currently working on her 2nd poetry collection.

Njeri Wangare

njeri wangare
njeri wangare

Biography

Njeri Wangare is a multi talented Kenyan poet and performer, IT specialist and arts blogger whose collection of poetry was recently published under the title Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words. The 114 paged book contains over 40 poems that explore themes on Urban Blues, Love, Identity, Traditions, Cultural changes, Exploitation and Politics among others. Though most of the poems are in English, there are a few in Kiswahili, and Sheng

“She is one of the most respected female poets in Nairobi today”, The Sunday Nation writer Joseph Ngunjiri says of Njeri, “Njeri Wangari has a powerful voice, and she knows how to put it to good use. Whenever she takes to the podium to recite a poem, she has her enthusiastic audience applauding all the way.”

Njeri’s love for the arts began at an early age through her appreciation of African culture. This, she found to be well expressed in many of the books that she started reading while still young and they have shaped the person she has now become.

The year 2004 is when she penned down her first poem and 3 years later she made her first attempt in front of an audience to start performing her poems. She has now among some of the most talented Kenyan poets.
She has been running her blog, www.kenyanpoet.com since 2005,a project that she initially started in order to publishing her poetry online. It has since grown to incorporate other forms of art as well as host other poets. She has contributed immensely to the promotion of Kenyan Poetry not only on stage but also through the internet through her reviews on art performances and by encouraging up and coming poets to start blogs and eventually share their work through performance. She is currently part of the Global Voices Online-An online portal for citizen journalists, as a writer on African Arts.

Njeri has come to be known as the voice of reason and change in the Kenyan poetry circles due to the content and theme of her poems which range from culture, religion, human rights, technology and everyday challenges in the Kenyan society.

She performs regularly at various poetry spots in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi as well as in institutions and companies where she is invited from time to time.

Njeri is currently working on her 2nd poetry collection.

I Once Made Things Happen

Enlarge poem

I once stood tall hovering above all
Arms stretched wide
Fingers playing with the sun
Casting dancing shadows beneath
Feet reaching out like a lovers embrace

I once stood tall

I once swayed and swung
to the whistles of my friend the wind
and he would sometimes make me swing my clothes off
I have since grown as old as the winds
Strong and grounded

I once swayed

I once made things happen
The clouds cried out my name
The streams matured from boys to men
I made women ululate
For I brought warmth to their lives

I once made things happen

I once made the ground shed its dust off
Quenching its deep thirst
as I made the heavens thunder
Scaring children to their mothers’ underskirt

I once made all this happen

Now, I live in fear
Knowing that my day is coming.

Yours too is coming
When you cut the rest of my kind down
And your song becomes

I once made things happen

Featured Poem:

Death's Face

Enlarge poem

I have looked at death’s face,
Its lifeless eyes looking at nothingness,
Its hand soft like a child’s
Yet with folds and veins
That bear witness to life at its last.

I have heard death speak,
Its shrill, quiet voice
Seems to lose its thought.
The words crying out yet,
Still carrying hope
Like a drop of water
Seeking survival in a desert
Saying
I am alright,
Do not cry for me,
I am alright
I see the peace I will feel.

I have felt death around me,
Next to me,
Staring back at me,
Talking to me,
I have felt its cold
Yet warm presence lingering
Like a sweet aroma
Pulling her
Njeri wa Gikaru
Cucu, my grandmother

I sat there
A warm wet feeling on my cheeks
As death’s eyes stared back at me
With the same hollowness.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

I Once Made Things Happen

Enlarge poem

I once stood tall hovering above all
Arms stretched wide
Fingers playing with the sun
Casting dancing shadows beneath
Feet reaching out like a lovers embrace

I once stood tall

I once swayed and swung
to the whistles of my friend the wind
and he would sometimes make me swing my clothes off
I have since grown as old as the winds
Strong and grounded

I once swayed

I once made things happen
The clouds cried out my name
The streams matured from boys to men
I made women ululate
For I brought warmth to their lives

I once made things happen

I once made the ground shed its dust off
Quenching its deep thirst
as I made the heavens thunder
Scaring children to their mothers’ underskirt

I once made all this happen

Now, I live in fear
Knowing that my day is coming.

Yours too is coming
When you cut the rest of my kind down
And your song becomes

I once made things happen

Comments

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