Malevolent Chit-Chat

“Psst! Psst! Have you heard?
He has just bought a new car.
And his wife, she is so beautiful!
How did he manage that?
He must have visited the witchdoctor.”

“Psst! Psst! Have you seen them?
They are always laughing.
He does everything for her.
He even cleans her dirty panties!
She must have given him a love portion.”

“Psst! Psst! Have you seen them today?
They have flocked her shop yet again.
Look at her, laughing like hypocrite.
She is a witch!
That’s how she gets all the customers.”

That’s the chatter I heard today,
In one of my strolls around town.
Chatter to destroy not to build.
Jealousy, malevolence, hate…
How do we build Kenya, if this is how we talk?

“Psst! Psst! Have you seen his son?
Oh, how he has grown.
And he is about to graduate from University.
I know a very good friend.
I will talk to him about getting the boy a job.”

That’s the chatter I pray to hear someday.
Chatter to build,
To encourage, to unite, to grow…
That is how you and I will build Kenya.
Not through malevolent chitchat.

This poem is about: 
My community
My country
Our world

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