God Wind

The women in the water are drinking up the sea

The baby for the slaughter – he smiles up to you and me

The tourist in the floater speeding off to take their ease,

Me, I’m walking by the water and I’m feeling the sea breeze.


It feels like destiny, a mystery

The God Wind has a hold on me

The sand crabs walking at my feet

Slip into holes – don’t know where they lead.


How come everything’s duality?

My body aches for raw simplicity

The women drinking up the sea,

They regurgitate a kiss for me

The child lies murdered at my feet

And the God Wind blows to history,

The God Wind blows to history.

Lamu, Kenya, 2006

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