(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)