Swahili women in black buibuis,
bustling in Biashara Street,
bobber down the lanes of the Old Town,
into the Fish Market,
past Mkanyageni Mosque,
Memon and Bohra ironmongers, tinker, tailor,
Tirthankar Temple, Tononoka, tatarika tatika, tatua taabu;
Haki ya Mungu, chungu ya watu!
Taciturn and incognito, mysterious masquerade of women:
buibui also baibubi - cloak of woman, head to foot;
spider women in black.
Houses of coral rag,
roofs of tile and palm thatch,
balconies with lattice barriers,
kiss each other over narrow lanes;
intricately carved Lamu doors grace the entrances.
The tall blonde girl didn't come to East Africa on safari,
She was an Oxford student majoring in History
And wanted to see the sites involved in slavery
And the relics of Arab-Portuguese rivalry.
I first spied her walking alone by the swaying sea
And something about her just jumped up and bit me.
I asked her her name and she said, 'Suzanne...with an "e".'
Nairobi, December 2010
Turkanas Around Bonfire
Turkana Women Walking
Turkana Woman Close Up
Proud Turkana Woman
Turkana Woman and Child
Beautiful Turkana Girl
Turkana Girl Posing
Turkana Boy, Elder and Girls
Turkana Boy in Brown
Turkana Boy in Red
Turkana Child Taking Fish Home
London, December 2010
Englishmen around Bonfire
English Women Walking
English Woman Close Up
Proud English Woman
English Woman and Child
Beautiful English Girl
English Girl Posing
English Boy, Elder and Girls
English Boy in Brown
English Boy in Red
English Child Taking Fish and Chips Home