A MOSQUITO SONG

These mosquitoes follow me inside the net only death doom them fine,

School for privileged,

Rule more ignorant

The reign for civilized,

 

These mosquitoes follow me outside the net,

Watch my post,

What I’m host,

Listens my talk,

 

These mosquitoes keep following me,

To the end I drop the net,

Secured privacy policy we boast,

When legally outward we roast,

 

These mosquitoes keep following me, to edge of the world,

But I know not they want,

Is it friendship or malaria death penalty,

 

These mosquitoes keep following me like non other.

Be fire in dark,

Creatures of the night,

Creepy as they want,

 

 

These mosquitoes give me no chill,

They shout kill kill kill,

All out of line,

They say war war war,

We want no outsider living be,

 

These mosquitoes keep shunning my shine,

A fight no win,

A fist crunched teeth,

A list I saw not but stoned in the dark,

Can’t be sleepy outside.

 

 

*Babananiii©2017*

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MI AMORA

 

I’ve been places,

I’ve met faces,

But non resembles you,

 

I’ve leaned on shoulders,

I’ve been a tough soldier,

With you feels more safe to me,

 

I’ve told a lie,

I’ve said the truth,

My secret is secure with you,

 

I was born,

I’m to die,

Please keep my love forever with you.

 

Babananiii©2017

 

Empty room

There’s an empty room in my heart

Well, colorfully decorated, no furniture.

An empty and secret room!

Sometimes I put in some loud music

And lose myself in the echoes,

Hit myself against the walls, ain’t that cute?

I mean dancing feels like a heaven to me

So I take myself to the floor, bow to the walls

Hold my hand and starts dancing with myself

My heart’s empty room turns into a dancehall

when other rooms become chaotic.

So I get in and hide myself away from feelings

See my heart has so many feelings;

Painful and hurtful feelings from the memories painted on the walls of other rooms and refused to vanish

From the noisy and bully memories in other rooms,

And I almost scream “leave me alone” I just can’t.

My heart has never known peace.

I’m sorry I sound messy on our very first date

But don’t be scared, there’s a place for us to smile

Welcome to my heart’s empty room,

There’s no furniture though! I hope you don’t mind standing

I’m addicted to music, so come closer, hold my hand

And let’s dance this mess away.

 

Philipo Cantone.

CHARLES WATSON #15

Wachache utambua gharama, walio wengi uiogopa na kukimbia. Kwani utakufa nikikaba na kuteka kila “engo”? Utakwama wakiziba kila pengo? Hapana, maana maisha uanzia ulipo sasa na ujumbe huu ni kuwatakia usiku mwema na njozi zenye kupanga kufanikiwa katika kila mkipangacho katika nguvu iliyo ndani yenu naomba na kushukuru kwa kuwa wavulimivu kusoma ujumbe huu mfupi pia mrefu kiaina kwa sababu nina mpango wa kumwandikia mtu BARUA YA WAZI (OPEN LETTER #15). Natumai mmenisamehe bure maana kwa ukata huu na vyuma vilivyokazwa sithubutu kunyanyua kinywa changu kuongelea “e ndalabhala”.

 

Kwako Charles Watson,

 

I seen darkness, have seen light nothing beats me, which means nobody heard it better till I jotted it down inkling. My moves go slow, my way unsure but you keep a brother closer than he deserve. Can I take you to the first Ibungu primary school you and I started the education race. Do you know what amazed our friend Aaron in our first encounter? I went to register myself so I can start standard one (seven years old). Then the teacher welcomed me inside a class it was such a misty kinda morning I decode the moment to date. After showing me around the school he sent me home to go fetch an older fella who’d stand as my guardian to fulfill all registration requirements. Back in the nineties one January. I started going to school earlier than all without shoes for I had a single pair of Reebok for last Christmas and next. It was hard but worthy for I had a brother to date that holds on through thick and thin.

 

What about every once in a while that I visited my clansmen for a moon or two. You said about loving this tongue I adopted and we shared still. I liked the getting things follow you like no one is there. Some people thought you were bragging and stuff but a struggler you are greatness awaiting ahead. We don’t wish we go harder.

 

Remember the last two years moments on a bike from Lupembe to Mkilwa all the way to Itungi port? I feel them like it was yesterday. What about the “Ling’oma” kule kwa akina Jones Mwakabwali? We were so high on ourselves like some westcoasting wheel runners.

 

Man, life is nothing but a rollercoaster. You just have to hold on to keep it sane and alive. Some stuffs are confidentially hidden inside a chamber with my friends.

 

I know you don’t like soccer but a traveler living ahead your time, I recall us getting apart whenever I went watch Jones play.  I never asked you blood, what you want to do in life leave aside your course at school. I’ve been a friend who says so much when we talk please forgive me. I should take some listening skills or else I’m going to miss the point in communications.

 

Hivi siku ile tumekutana jioni mnamo saa moja moja hivi, nilitoka “mwiselya” (ng’ambo) baada ya kuvuka “kityeputyepu” tukaegemea baiskeli zetu kisha tukapiga soga kichele, huku ukinihimiza nihame kule kijijini nije town but my life in the area was epic man. Imagine nakunywa maziwa fresh na mgando daily na nayakamua mwenyewe, ila siku ya kwanza nilipigwa teke nikayamwaga yooote na stimu zikanikata hapo hapo. Hahaha! Nikishawasweka ng’ombe waende malishoni basi pale wanapolala inabidi nipatoe “ndope” braza, so now you understand why I loved that simple, and wealthy life.

 

How is Mtwara treating you by the way? With me and Kigoma there’s no sun shinning without us. I’m grateful.

 

Thought of writing so many words but my eyes kinda sleepy, and my head on it’s last went empty. Sue my brains for hiding the fact that I was a guest at your place and your mama’s too. Mahindi ya kuchoma mzeeee! Makande ya mahindi mabichi yaliyochanganywa na maharagwe na karanga, nimeyakumbuka magimbi, mbatata, “Wosipa”, mawese na nguniani, mchele wa kushiba, unukiao mpaka wingu jeusi lenye kubeba wivu likitanda kwa asikiaye na akijua nyumbani ni ugali au “Wamentali” hahaha! Oh what a world to live forever.

 

Man the mangoes let us leave them alone maana mwembe tunda wanibubujisha chozi nikivuta hisia juu ya utamu wake bila kumsahau embe nazi na maembe sindano yaliyotushibisha kipindi wazazi wafungapo mkanda, mlo mmoja au pasi ndefu za siku. Namkumbuka sana bibi yangu kila nikitua Kyela na ninatamani angekuwepo si unakumbuka tulipoanza shule ulikuwa ukinitembelea pale ghetto kwangu mbele ya mwembe karibu na barabara ambapo sasa hivi ndicho kijiwe cha Jona akitengeneza baiskeli. Vipi kuhusu uliponisaidia kutwanga mpunga kwenye kinu? It was fun when I think about it.

 

Nisikuchoshe, pia nisijichoshe mwenyewe kaka Alamsiki.

 

Asante sana kwa yote niliyoyakumbuka na niliyoyasahau pia natumaini kuyakumbuka kipindi kingine nipewapo tena pumzi na Jalali.

 

Babananiii©2017

These Cold winds

 

 

My poem is for you,

Also maybe not you,

But only you,

Loving you, my religion,

Holding you, my perfection,

Missing you, my emotions,

These cold winds sweeps slowly and cold stays,

Worry weighs,

I’m sorry bae,

If I went a step far away,

Time waits for no man,

Now or never, I recklessly think.

Waters high I dived in,

Go getter pride I serve in,

A community of seeing blinds,

I hate nothing else about us than missing you this much,

For the cold winds grow stronger,

As minute pass,

As without you,

As all that,

Baby I miss all that,

I think it’s time,

I think it is,

May we meet sooner and get over this breakdown I’m going through,

This wrench has lost appetite, needs a companion,

UBIN ADAM

Ukiwa Kawaida, Mazoea.

Ukiwa Tofauti, Unaringa.

Ukiwa kawaida, Wanaringa.

Ukiwa Tofauti, Wanapotezea.

Ukiwa Kawaida, Wanapotezea.

Ukiwa Tofauti, Wanachongea.

 

Ukiwa Tofauti, Na Wingi,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Sipingi,

Ukiwa Tofauti, Hujengi,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Hupendi,

Ukiwa Tofauti, Kibendi,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Hujengi,

 

Ukiwa Tofauti, Urembi,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Understand,

Ukiwa Tofauti, Na Vitambi,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Maskini hakutengi,

 

Ukiwa Tofauti, Msala aiseee,

Ukiwa Kawaida, Tunaishi mzee,

Ukiwa Tofauti, Na masihala wazee,

Ukiwa Tofauti, Mpwelampwela eti eeh?

 

 

 

*Babananiii©2017*

Akyanani akikataa ntalia

Akinikatalia nalia,

Akyanani nakwambia,

Akikataa ntalia.

 

Nampenda upendo mkuu,

Karibu nami kila siku sikukuu,

Akinikatalia nalia,

Akyanani nakwambia,

Akikataa nalitoa chozi,

 

Nasikia limbwata limehodhi, sana siku hizi,

Nakula kulakula kama chizi,

Akinikatalia nalia,

Akyanani nakwambia,

Akikataa basi mwenda tezi na omo.

 

Tujikumbushie somo,

Ujana maji moto,  pendo usingizi pendoni pono,

asikuamini wangu asinamini kamwe,

Akinikatalia nalia,

Akyanani nakwambia,

Akikataa basi penzi kalitema,

Nami mepoteza jema.

 

*Babananiii©2017*