20/365 Grass by Waldwichtel, CC-BY-2.0
An East African poet for today’s Another 21 Days/21 Poems.
Grass will grow
If you should take my child Lord
Give my hands strength to dig his grave
cover him with earth
Lord send a little rain
For grass will grow
If my house should burn down
So that the ashes sting the nostrils
Making the eyes weep
Then Lord send a little rain
For grass will grow
But Lord do not send me
I ask for tears
Do not send me moon hard madness
To lodge snug in my skull
I would you sent me hordes of horses
But do not break
The yolk of the moon on me.
– by Jonathan Kariara (1935 – 1993)
It’s been twenty years, Uncle Jonathan and grass did indeed grow. But we remember always: the house at Westlands, the food and juices, the generosity, the charm, the jokes, your love, your love and our happiness. You, everyday.
This master piece is exemplary good, thrilling!
So inspirational poem
The poet is saying he can deal with anything else but madness
grass will a great piece of an art… I loved it so much
one of the greatest poems of all times
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I love this poem!!!!! for me it is those pieces of literature that stays with you for days, i did not forget not even a single word, w performed it at the music festivals in 2009 while i was at the Mary Leakey Girls High School. It has been with me for years.
I have loved this piece of poetry from hgh sch days 2date.One of the great inspiration in what av bn writing. Am proud of you Kariara.
Such a wonderful piece of poetry.I like it
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wauh! yu have reminded me high skul tymz:Grass will grow was my encouraging poem ever
I REALLY LOVE THIS POEM AND I EVEN SHARE IT WITH PEOPLE , SADLY SOME1 STOLE MY BOOK WITH THIS POEM
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One of my favourite poems of all time. “…for grass will grow”
Beautiful poem, Kinna 🙂
What a beautiful poem. Lovely imagery
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