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Tailored Poets... Celebrating Kenyan Poets

(Photo By Lubale Lukoye)

They say it’s never the poet, it is the poem
Then I am the poem
I am the poem of tailored poets
Burning with words and passion
I carry metrical compositions of feelings and illusions
I can blaze up the mind like El Poet does
Stimulate senses make you call me Abu... give me a bow
I can pull a crowd with my eyes and voice
Call me checkmate! Now question that! Oh no Question this
I used to be a Poet, Now I’m a Poem’ I am… Samo, Call me almighty

I am the poem
I seduce the spirit and I touch the soul… and make you a prisoner in my words,
I create a maze and I amaze I am carol
It’s my charm I am Raya
A mark of perfection stitched and pressed by Orator
Je, unahisi hisia ama nirudie mara ya pili?
I am a theater of words call me Oduor Oduku
I am that poem that makes you question
Is a picture really a thousand words?
Because I am deep like that… they call me Kuni Mbichi
I am hard and raw nasiringi wala sifichi
Maneno yangu ni moto ni kama pili pili
Pia ni matamu humtoa nyoka pangoni…
With words I am the blade of the knife!
I am a Samorai…I am the roar of the lion got me titled Mufasa
So every time you think about how deep my words can get
Call me teardrops, even still waters can run deep

I am that poem of tailored poets
Picture this… the Picasso of words
I am Ngartia and Wanjiku combined
I am the fire that burns and an explosion of life
With words I am the earth you stand on
The water that runs…. Mama called me Namatsi
Another Observative rising...
planning to bring something new and something true and something that has never been seeen or heard before...
watch me I am Dorphan
I am the truth in Jicho the Depth in Amare… The loud silence in Rix
The street voice in Kaesa and the life in Poppa
I am that poem that moves…
Picture this… the Da vinci with words
I am passion put to test call me the Monster Luki
I am the skill in Oroni,
The Potential in Kimani,
The art in Bahati
The hip hop in Flow flani
And in music I am a part like Nuke and Kamili
I am this poem of tailored poets
Am I speaking now?

© Namatsi Lukoye

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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
Nyayo philosophy
of Peace, Love and Unity.

Thinking Moi’s dictatorship!
As children we had to make the pledge!
In our rags!
With no shoes on!
Bribed with milk (maziwa ya nyayo for staying so loyal)
We recited the words out loud
Religiously we recited at the school assembly
Attention we stood when recited or else we would face the wrath of the cane!

© Namatsi Lukoye


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'Be water my friend!' Luki - Luki the Monster

Take all the forms and shapes circumstances throw you in and rise above them all! Fit in bottles, sit in a glass, flow down a mountain, sip down  the soil - smile at it it and rise above as you join the clouds! Be water my friend as Bruce Lee said.
Art is the purest expression of life! It’s so vast and is always evolving!
For me it’s about being true to myself despite other people’s opinions and thoughts of how my life should be lived.  Art comes so honestly and purely, I don’t doubt its intentions. It makes me believe in my uniqueness and self-expression, and that we all should always strive to be the best version on ourselves. I mean, we only have one life to live, so we should live it to the fullest.       My art is a mix of many genres of music that have inspired me throughout my not so long existence.  With music, I feel that I can communicate more directly and precisely no matter the language as opposed to just having a conversation.  As a rapper, cyphers have given me the …