Are Kenyan Pens writing blank; cursed by Taban?

Are Kenyan pens writing blank, in colourless ink, cursed by Taban?

In lost glory, they plough they write, in colourless ink cursed by Taban

You say Ngugi, Meja, Ogot. Names of the old, faces we forgot

You insist Mutahi, Imbuga! Please! Those are of the decade ‘Sabin’

For now our pens run fast, write much but they write blank

For we mocked the man of two lands; the prophet called Taban

 

Did we change to literature and threw away the English and the ink?

Ngugi’s devil is ‘Riterasha’ rich  in kikuyu  and yes  in ink

Watch how the South and West at our work they wince and Wink

They sneer from above, peeping at the bottom of the sink

For now our pens run fast, write much but they write blank

For we mocked the man of two lands; the prophet called Taban

 

You say Awour, ah Wainana then your tongue trips and runs dry

For our authors weep not; they their words are carcases; thrown out to dry

Are our pens still writing blank, in colourless ink, cursed by Taban?

In lost glory, they plough they write, in colourless ink cursed by Taban

For our pens run fast, write much but they write blank

For we mocked the man of two lands; the prophet called Taban

 

Where, the scrolls ask are our Chimamandas, our young La Guma’s

Writers that steal our readers like Zorro, like Kiriamiti?

They are born out of town, the pens mock, born out of the Kenyan city

For here are no Kimenye’s and Wahome laughingly rested with all words witty

For now our pens run fast, write much but they write blank

For we mocked the man of two lands; the prophet called Taban

 

 

 

 

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