School in the Outskirts

Stuffy smells of smoke;
Grey-coloured walls;
Black soot on large sufurias;
Squeals of pleasure and laughter.

Flowery Maasai words;
Girls of all ages and sizes;
Colourful shukas;
Plastic shoes;
Rubber sandals;
Overcooked cereals for supper.

Crude language and bickering;
Genuine excitement,
Over confections and pencils;
Admiration and expectations;
Questions, hugs and kisses;
Plans, dreams and stories;
Broad smiles and tall tales.

Lights out in the dormitory;
Wild chatter and insolence;
Orders for silence;
More noise,
Made in open defiance.

A cold and windy night;
Wet grass and a bright moon;
Loud beeps and clicks,
From cheap cellphones;
Snoring and breaking wind.

Silence.

 

S. Ogugu

April 20th, 2012

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