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Cover Story

Wagalla is Waziristan is Westgate, Garissa is Kismayo is Nairobi

Volume 12, Issue 1  | 
Published 27/06/2015
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the morning after a massacre

a country wakes nauseous

 

no food stays down

no chai comforts

 

on the roads

they drag crosses

 

blood is given

blood invoked

blood sanctified

blood is our national language

 

on TV the men

talk blood and markets

 

tears

stay out of the newsrooms

 

there will be more killing

there will always be

more killing

 

a state will punish survivors

with pogroms

 

an army will terrorize

the terrrorized, traumatize

the traumatized

 

the merchants of war

have already moved on

to the next transaction

 

the death-profiteers spent the night

reviewing cost-benefit reports

 

a country stares at its amputation stumps

the morning after a massacre

Last modified on Thursday, 09 July 2015 18:52
Shailja Patel

Bestselling author of Migritude, and a founding member of Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ). The African Women's Development Fund named her one of Fifty African Feminists Who Inspire Us. Find her on twitter @shailjapatel

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