Ancestor's wrath

A traditional hut of the Ameru people - Meru Museum
A traditional hut of the Ameru people - Meru Museum | Source

I am anger!


I am anger,

Hot volcanic bile

Eternally boiling,

My fury un-apeased

For more than a century.


On earth I was Maina,

Son of Mwangi

From the Anjiru ...

Ah! who cares?

Anyway,

The Anjiru clan,

Initiated into manhood

With a blunt knife

By the cold waters of the Tana

Unflinchingly,

Bravely,

Like others of my riika.


A clay pot - these have been replaced by aluminium pots and pans
A clay pot - these have been replaced by aluminium pots and pans | Source

I am fury

See my Great-great-grandson,

His Grandson, going to hospital,

To be sick,

Getting the ageless sacred cut,

Performed on his anesthetized member,

Wooooo weeeee!

ũrirũ

I am writhing in raging fury

Crackling furiously,

Like runaway bush fire!


Mwangi was my father,

Whose name I gave my son,

Who gave birth to another me

Maina!

Reincarnating in every generation,

Forever and ever

Into eternity



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I am rage

See my great-great grandson,

Steve Maina

A clanless beggar,

With a borrowed name!

ũgwati!

I am vexed,

Trembling in epileptic wrath,

My thirst un-libated

For more than a century


See my great-great grandson,

His grand-daughters,

All un-ripe mothers,

Their innocence lost,

To society at large,

Their children,

Fatherless,

Clan-less,

ROOTLESS!










Glossary

ũgwati- extreme mortal danger

ũrirũ - shocking matter

Riika - an age-set. An entire group initiated at the same time belonged to the same Riika with a special name and were bonded into a brotherhood for life.

Un-libated - refers to the Kikuyu custom of pouring a few drops of beer to the ground for ancestors before one starts to drink.



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Emmanuel Kariuki 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Elias Zanetti, thanks for giving the poem thumps up. Am sure the fireworks will come, from those who think Ancestors should RIP.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Interesting and powerful words, Emmanuel and a great poem I enjoyed reading!


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Emmanuel Kariuki 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks Paul - I quess the ancestor is whinning about me as well - am Emmanuel! Thanks for sharing.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Emmanuel,

This is a very beautiful poem which I found very interesting and stirring. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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