Dehli

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They are doing white
Cars,
Nice haircuts and,
Broad Boulevards,

They are doing slick radio Ads,
Smooth charcoal voices,
And Western music,

Wrapped in Cashmere,

Air-conditioned Kaftan’s catching the breeze,
They are doing dark glasses like reflective buildings
Perched on tight noses,

Moving forward with morning talk shows in,
Gleaming white cars,

Elegant fingers prodding opulent buttons,

Elaborate mechanisms,
Stylish manoeuvres,

In Dehli they are moving swiftly,
Their fabulous Sari’s, flapping in the wind.

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Officer in charge.

OCPD

“There are no terrorists in this location”

Reads the title,
In classic bold type,

On Foolscap paper,

On a dusty desk,
Inside a police outpost in Isiolo.

“The drilling rigs will make no difference to,
The cows or the goats or the lives of the people,
Who do not live here.”

“The construction does not impinge on farms,
And will be manned by machines not capable of dying,
So there is no need to worry…”

“The oil will be distributed fairly,
According to the percentages,
Agreed to in the constitution.”

“The matter of people living
In Isiolo does not come into this.”

“There are no people here.”

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Careful now…

 

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And look!
There’s an African!

Oh!

There’s another!

So fragile,
Precious stones off,
Every limb!

Careful now,
May come a time,

When evil cloaked in,
What is right!
Leads goodness into night!

 

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