“Unclaimed” by Clifton Gachagua

(in celebration of 2015 (US) National Poetry Month)


Clifton Gachagua is a Kenyan poet and editor. He (@CliftonGachagua) is  among a group of writers whom I first met on Twitter. His collection of poetry, The Madman at Kilifi, won the inaugural Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  Clifton is a member of Jalada.


She handles me the same way
the Kenya police handles crime scene evidence,
all the bodies thrown
into black body bags

I am distracted by things such as
where unclaimed bodies are taken. When
you touch me at night I think of mass graves in Benghazi.
I saw in Al Jazeera;
the Spring has found its way to
the wire springs under my bed.

– by Clifton Gachagua

(from Madman at Kilifi)



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