We recited this poem on parents day many years ago when I was a student in primary school. And from the stage, I could see my mum from hundreds of parents as she craned her neck trying to catch a glimpse of me in action. And after we had finished with the presentation, she was among the first to clap thunderously with her face full of pride. These lines have always been etched in my memory up to today and thanks God because this afternoon I stumbled across the poem and will gladly share it with you. I'm sure many of you will recall it because it was as famous as the Swahili.."Mgeni kumpokea, kumbe ni kujitongea.." So relax and ji-enjoy.
The wind howls, the trees sway
The loose housetop sheets clatter and clang
The open window shuts with a bang
And the sky makes night of day.
Helter skelter the parents run
Pressed with a thousand minor cares
Hey you there! Pack the house wares!
And where on earth is my son?
- Pius Oleghe, "A sudden storm