Category: Commentary

e-god (egod? egoed)

It’s easy to see how the sun was seen as a god by many cultures. Now, given things we know and take for granted, it seems a bit odd. But, watching the sun set over the misty green interspersed with city, it’s easy to see this. Perhaps in this same way, humans will sit somewhere and think “it’s easy to…

To Throw a Straw on a Camel’s Back

Clarity is what broke them. The problem with time is that it doesn’t have a respite. It can’t be saved, banked, stored for future use, traded or even farmed. For all it’s infiniteness time itself is a finite, indefinite resource. With the rise then, of the control of time came the rise of clarity. Which would be perfectly okay if…

These Hands

When it comes down to it we must demand – demand – that the spaces that we end up creating make room for us. Which is to say that we need to be very conscious that our needs are takeninto account when spaces are created. After all, it is only when we create spaces for ourselves that we can really…

Mine

And therein lies the lie. That there is a form a knowledge, of possibility, of being, of doing, that is outside your reach. That there is a way to be that is not only available, but readily tailored to your needs. That somehow, to exist is not only to defy them, but to destine oneself to a life of never…

Freedom Interrogations

But what do you know of the freedom that you seek? Do you think you will find it somewhere in the middle of the street between njugu za ten bob and knock off sunglasses? Do you think it can be mass produced? What do you know of this freedom beyond chanting slogans and sharing dreams?   I know that at…

Look Up

(For Geoffrey Githaiga 1987 -2015)  In rugby, as in life, play what’s in front of you. Few things are more embarrassing than being the forward marking the base when a scrum half throws a dummy pass. The idea of writing tributes is confusing. Words are not enough to capture essence, or to pick you off the ground after the scrum…

Bubbles

Even silence is a language that takes years of learning to master.   Have you ever watched as tea goes from a small simmer to a boil? The bubbles start at the edge of the sufuria. At first they are few. But the heat continues to excite the atoms impressing them to do more. Do you think the first bubbles…

You are here

But even though they try to forget, to hide your pain behind layers of unbecoming; remember that you are here. Remember that you are here. Gukira recently asked about being present; about the demands to be present active and alive. To be aware in the moment and notice that there is now. I’ve been wondering about what we mean by…

Kairos (An Echo)

“I hear this whispers getting louder in the streets of the inner city.” – Tarrus Riley, Whispers Whispers continue to carry significance. A little speech here a little speech there. Conversations, I am reminded, are more like poetry than prose. Words leave little clues that tell you where minds have been. As if somehow there was a tree on the…