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Cinderella and the Glass Slipper - Prepain Medicine

I am trying to catch my breath now
Sure; that the distance is a little safe now
Sure; I heard her right... 'make sure you are out of the castle before the clock strikes at midnight'
Before the magic is done... before you see a werewolf turning
Before the mask falls off
Before the paint wears off
Less is always more and more less
So here I stand... Safe
I look back 

And I always for minutes look back at the castle...
I draw possibilities in the air of what would have happened if I stayed
Probably the love that would grow...
I smile just before I break down and cry at the coward I have become
Looking back chocked up with all the warmth that kissed me
And what if, I just saved myself from forth coming torture
I realize that I am in pain when I look at my blood coloured feet
Probably I should have worn glass shoes
What was I thinking
These things are fragile and you know how painful it is to run on broken glass
I must be mad... anyway what is love if not madness

I lay down stare at the stars thinking about it
And again she appears...
This happy ending story was built on a lie!
Feet were made for running
My heart will weep for days... but whatever doesn't kill me will make me stronger 
These tears are medicine

© Namatsi Lukoye

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The loyalty Pledge (Kenya)

I pledge my loyalty to the President
and Nation of Kenya
My readiness and duty
to defend the flag of our Republic
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


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