Kenya MAG

By Unknown, Unknown, Unknown

Yougaze at the pictures of African grasslands
and other exotic beasts
are on parade.
You dream
of asafari vacation and exclaim,
"How cool!"
But I wish youcould see what the pictures don't show.

I can try to tell,
can tryto show,
a land of dusty streets
lined with merchants.
and no one
While children,
chase an old, worn-out tire for play.
And the air isperfumed
with the rotting stench
of a nearby trash heap.
I wish youcould see what the pictures don't show.

carry tree trunks
on their heads
and babies
on their backs.
Never wavering.
The Masai dance in their sunset wraps.
Shrouded withfierce pride
and shrewd intelligence.
While hyenas laugh at themoon,
and children sleep
with empty bellies.
I wish you could see whatthe pictures don't show.

street boys huff glue.
Now toobrain dead to understand love,
if anyone ever bothered
to offer it.
Andmen lose hope
with no money,
no future,
and no wayout.
While patients lie in crowded hospital wards
where most
will diewithout a miracle.
I wish you could see what the pictures don'tshow.

Proud and bitter,
angry Muslim men fight
to defendAllah;
while their youth seek the genuine.
The air is
and muggy with flies.
While men propose from bus windowsto
           American girls.
And houses
whether stick or stone
are filled withhungry souls.
I wish you could see what the pictures don't show.

and you still cannot hear
the soft, rhythmiclanguage.
Or see
the emptyeyes
           and weepinghearts.
Or recognize that
real people
own them.
You stillcannot see what the pictures don'tshow
           But Ican.
And I long to touch it.

Hilton Head Island by Spencer M., Lombard, IL

California Dream by Catherine L., Holladay, UT

China Memories by Robin M., Cincinnati, OH

Boredom in Numbers by Charles G., Balch Springs, TX


By Nichole J.,
Highland Village, TX

Send your work

Email a Friend

Send your work

More Travel
Teen Ink - PO Box 30, Newton, MA 02461 - (617) 964-6800 -
Published by The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. - A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Copyright 2006 by Teen Ink, The 21st Century and The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.
Thispublication may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system ortransmitted in any form or by any means,
without the writtenpermission of the publisher: The Young Authors Foundation, Inc.

Similar Articles


This article has 0 comments.

Parkland Book