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It is only yesterday

It is only yesterday
when you and I played with the potter's clay
only yesterday
when my skies were grey and your kisses wiped my tears away
only yesterday

when we thought we'd go together to New York Bay 
It is only yesterday
when we thought we will go on all the way

It is only yesterday
when I sat and watched you do your basketball play
only yesterday
when I laughed at you when you got tooth decay
only yesterday
when we played together the squeeze me play
oh only yesterday

It is only yesterday
when the you drove through the roundabout way

only yesterday
when the accident washed all our dreams away
only yesterday
when I wished that all this was a nightmare play
only yesterday
when I slowly watched you waste away

It is only yesterday
when a phone call said you had passed way
ohh it is only yesterday
when I thought my heart would tear away
only yesterday
when I wondered who would show me the way
only yesterday
when I didn't think I would say this in an elaborate way

It is only yesterday
when I vowed to save your spirit from running away
only yesterday
when thoughts of you just redisplayed
only yesterday
When I wished that God would perform some miracle play
Baby its only yesterday
when your fragrance on the pillow faded away

Baby it is only yesterday

when I wished to be hit with an electric ray
only yesterday
when I lost my fiance
only yesterday

am haunted by thoughts of yesterday
only yesterday

dreadful yesterday
It is only yesterday

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I pledge my loyalty to the President
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My readiness and duty
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My life, strength and service
in the task of nation building
In the living spirit embodied
in our National motto 'Harambee'

and perpetuated in the
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In our rags!
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© Namatsi Lukoye


Moments... This is what the universe has decided to fill up my life with... Moments of what I could call love - and immense moments of pain -  as if to love the way I do is  a sin Now now Namatsi, please let go - the winds whisper as if they understand me Moments...
Pain... Trust me, this is a poem has escaped its prison It has broken chains, to see the light I never promised it I think my fingers have very big gaps -  when I think am holding so tight - it gets slippery and my stupid heart never reads the signs.... Dear Soul.... please let me not hold anything back when we talk about it Pain...
Dreams... Tell me - how do you love someone who is not kind to the soul? Why this person? what did they do to make you decide to hurt me like so? I wish I was casual with love as everyone else is. I have fought nations to hold you in my arms - all you did was smile and stab my back Tell me - why did you ever come back? My dear lovely heart - Break them all - leave nothing standing Dreams...

Angels Landing - for broken hearts

Poems like these come to me when I think about you Your eyes – they come when they meet mine Your lips – I feel  them when they curve in a smile  – for when they meet mine – I swear I travel to another planet - I don't know how to lie - trust this poem
Poems like are real – they are honest about the countless times you float my mind,  so I capture moments and freeze them in words - its just a gift you are the inspiration
As passionate as my poetry is – Poems like these hope that you have fire strong enough to hold them inside
Poems like these have been used They have had fights with false gods and demons too How you go read all I write for you and still treat them like its nothing! Don't you know that poems like these are fishhooked from the depths of my soul! Poems like these still come to me - they are nothing but angels landing

© Namatsi Lukoye