31 DAYS OF POETRY- DAY 23- DIRTY LAUNDRY- by Kariuki Wa Nyamu

Throw out the dirty laundry
of silence
at incorrect supremacy
without any trace of shame
and let the world see
for it has been a great while
living a deadly lie of a century!

Yes, throw out the dirty laundry
of ignorance, poverty and disease
and let the world over see
that we’ve successfully failed
to win this war
that our late founding father
of nation declared
decades and decades ago!

Throw out the dirty laundry
of non-independence
of African States
and the cancer of neo-colonialism
that has reigned for years on end
for we’re weary of commissioning a lie
that we long crushed
this malady
upon gaining Independence!

Yes, let the world now know
that we’re not yet independent
courtesy of Marekani!

Yes, throw out the dirty laundry
of tribalism, rashness and pride
slowly eating away our folks          
for that’s the only option left
Yell out “help! heelp! HEEEELLLLP!”
Down, down deceit!
Down, down gluttony!
For it isn’t worth
living a day dream!
Yes, throw out the dirty laundry
that frustrates our assertiveness
and open-mindedness
while we deliberate on
far-sighted issues of our nation
in roadside congress
of the countless unwaged youths!

Throw out the dirty laundry
of terror, arrogance and intimidation
inflicted on the
poor contemptible compatriots
who’ll  never obtain
any university degree
but are proud owners
of revolutionary
ideals for our nation!

Yes, let’s have a whole wash up!    
Since lying on these cushions
of fear and tolerance
must have ruined us enough!
For indeed,
these perfumes of silence
             lie to us
            and the world over!        
            Proclaiming of
our spotlessly-clean laundry
that lets out an elegant scent
Yet the stains
are daylight visible!

Oh my! Oh my!
Now more than ever
we must honestly admit
that we’re damn filthy!
And until we confess this sham
and do an out– and– out washing
we shall forever live
a HUGE lie of


Kariuki wa Nyamu is currently one of Kenya’s most passionate emerging poets. He attended the prestigious Makerere University in Uganda for his BA in English, Literature and Education. He is a radio playwright, editor and high school teacher. He fell in love with writing in school, something that considerably impressed his teachers, classmates and family. While at Makerere, his fervour for crafting poetry grew even more. Luckily, the able faculty gave him apt mentorship thus honing his poetic skills. He often draws much inspiration from the Bible, nature, humanity as well as the works of other poets and writers. He has won creative writing competitions at school, university and national level. Apart from poetry and radio plays, he also writes film scripts, short stories, satirical essays and fiction for Children. He is also an accomplished verse and public speaking trainer, film enthusiast and music lover. His poetry is published widely both in print and online, such as in A Thousand Voices Rising, Boda Boda Anthem and Other Poems, Best New African Poets 2015 Anthology, Jalada Africa 04: The Language Issue- Bonus Edition, Love- A Collection of Prose and Poetry on Loving and Being in Love, and also forthcoming in Multi-Verse: Kenyan Poetry in English Since 2003, Experimental Writing: Volume 1, Africa Vs Latin America Anthology, among others. His poetry seeks to challenge, edify, resolve, entertain and inspire generations. He is presently undertaking postgraduate studies in Literature at Kenyatta University, Kenya. 


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  1. I’m ecstatic to have been featured on the 23rd day of EGC’s 31 Days of Poetry. A very humbling gesture! I dearly appreciate EGC for displaying my creative energy to the world.


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