Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

Poem: Tortoise in the Storm

Posted in Arts by KANERE on July 16, 2009

Volume 1, Issue 5-6 / May-June 2009


Tortoise in the storm

From Darfur to Kivu, from the Ogaden to Kasai

From Mogadishu to Gulu, from Oromo to Bujumbura

From Tigris to Kigali.

Blistered souls moving in all directions

But in no direction

Peripatetic and in uncaring for horizon, for all is

Horizon with dark spiteful cloud

Grappling with sour memories of roaring guns,

Thundering bombs, mutilations, destructions

Tortures and massacres

Crawling on rough paths and treading through rugged terrains with cold misty nights

In isolation and quietude, uncertainty and pain

For home is no place for comparison, its distant obscene

Makes its presence more real in its unreality

As the silent night comes to console the laddered soul

But there is hope, hope for the living

The meandering river at last collapses on the bosom of the sea

The prodigal clouds return to the fold of its waves

A bright light glows at the end of the tunnel

If you and I can shelter the real people, with real needs

From the torrents of the storm

Lets care for the living, real people, real needs!

By Jumbwike Sam Aggrey.

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  1. Baz Waiswa said, on September 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    It was a nice poem Ju i didnt know u were a poet (but not suprised). You also know there will never be a fair humanity(world). it was designed to be a sweet world but things didnt workout perhaps to much freedom from the Almighty destroyed everything
    A reason dictators always live long, the human race loves to be harrased and the harrasers are regarded with esteem never the less we will always try to make it a better world, God willing for a few.

  2. waiswa baluye said, on September 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    waiswa baluye

    Sam Jumbwike I need to know where are?

  3. jubwike sam said, on October 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    the wind blows where it wills and you hear the sound of it but you donot know whence it comes or whither it goes.thats the case with ju.mr baluye waiswa and baz waiswa,please i refer you to yoweri museveni`s book,sowing the mastered seed,go to the section when he ws abt to join makerere,then he was like instead of jioining it,i would rather go and do what? if you get the answer,i will tell you where i am.i love you all

  4. baluye wiaswa said, on November 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I read the book. Can you now do the needful. If I happen to be a stranger please do so.

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