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I am this pathetic

Give me a cup of peace
and maybe then,
I will feel better
give me a plate of sanity
am sure that then,
things will go well

because right now
am in a jungle of diseases
distresses and infections
from the head to the toe
I am rotting
I am stinking
it is disheartening because
ahead lies no hope

kelele imezizidi
ubaya umeenea
kwa kasi
walisema 'mwenda pole hajikwai'
lakini sasa
tunajua 'mwenda pole aliaga'
La ni kutatufa
ni maumbile ya kisasa

sasa nipe tiba kwa sindano
niwe mlemavu wa madawa
kama Shitanda na changaa
kama Ali Juma na podapoda yake
kama Kamau na sigara
kama yule na yule
wote twafanana

sitaki mawaidwadha
daktari wa sasa haaminiki
vivae vyatu vyangu
ndivyo tu utakavyojua vinavyofinya
niponye kabisa
kionjo sitaki
huruma sitaki

Right now
am in a jungle of fear
hopelessness and poverty
depression and stress
I am rotting
I am stinking
it is disheartening because
all my kids are watching

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