The Welcome Song by Amber Koneval

Jambo, jambo bwana

is the clapping of the hands before we brake

is the scarf thrown about Shamala’s shoulders

the prodigal son is finally home



Habari gani, nzuri sana

is the singing at her grave over his sobs

English and Swahili mixed

part show, all pride

beautiful people who do not bow



Wageni, mwakaribishwa 

is the sweat on their faces

as our feet pound at the mud

children laughing at our attempts



Kenya yetu hakuna matata

In our Kenya, there are no worries



Published in the More Informed  (October 2010)


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