Shall we talk about these things

 

What if we talked of civilization and its effects on us

Of abandoned libraries

And well stocked bars

And the glorious worship of TV soaps

And fully fledged boutiques

Or for the sake of euphemism

“Naked brains in knit cut suits”

 

Shall we blind ourselves from modern day slavery

The key to a well paying future in the foreign land

Being exported as toilet cleaning  expatriates

As other people fight to come into our land

Or

Shall we pretend to be silent of the imported poverty to our homes

Letting the resources rot under our feet

Because want to wear neckties

And belong to the great and mighty Kampala city?

 

Shall we not talk of the self centered politics

Of dying to buy that monster ride other than complete that maternity ward

Or of position hungry Members of Parliament

Who oppose nothing of salary increment

But rather stage theatrical productions

Fighting for the sake of retaining their seats

Shall we let our masses

Drown in the ocean of freebie expectation

Of misleading leaders

Dashing out brown envelopes

As silently and patiently wait for our turn

 

Shall we not promote high tech innovation in this land

But stick to making candles and soap detergents

As nations build hotels in space

Shall we remain locked up in high table mindsets

Fearing competition with the rest of the word

In trade and investment

As if wear a photocopy of their brains

Shall we do something about these things?

 

How long shall we be quiet on the apolitical  corporate

Who discuss issues in their air conditioned offices

Tweeting about everything

Whatsapping everything

Sharing links of everything

Literary gossiping and spectating about everything

 

And here we  stand

Ashamed no more of the nudity of our brains

Just as we gave up on that of the flesh

Shall we do something about these things?

Shall we talk about these things by David Kangye

What if we talked of civilization and its effects on us

Of abandoned libraries

And well stocked bars

And the glorious worship of TV soaps

And fully fledged boutiques

Or for the sake of euphemism

“Naked brains in knit cut suits”

 

Shall we blind ourselves from modern day slavery

The key to a well paying future in the foreign land

Being exported as toilet cleaning  expatriates

As other people fight to come into our land

Or

Shall we pretend to be silent of the imported poverty to our homes

Letting the resources rot under our feet

Because want to wear neckties

And belong to the great and mighty Kampala city?

 

Shall we not talk of the self centered politics

Of dying to buy that monster ride other than complete that maternity ward

Or of position hungry Members of Parliament

Who oppose nothing of salary increment

But rather stage theatrical productions

Fighting for the sake of retaining their seats

Shall we let our masses

Drown in the ocean of freebie expectation

Of misleading leaders

Dashing out brown envelopes

As silently and patiently wait for our turn

 

Shall we not promote high tech innovation in this land

But stick to making candles and soap detergents

As nations build hotels in space

Shall we remain locked up in high table mindsets

Fearing competition with the rest of the word

In trade and investment

As if wear a photocopy of their brains

Shall we do something about these things?

 

How long shall we be quiet on the apolitical  corporate

Who discuss issues in their air conditioned offices

Tweeting about everything

Whatsapping everything

Sharing links of everything

Literary gossiping and spectating about everything

 

And here we  stand

Ashamed no more of the nudity of our brains

Just as we gave up on that of the flesh

Shall we do something about these things?

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