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5 Years Since Tana

empty crib

Today was Friday, 13th July 2012

It’s exactly 5 years

since I lost you, Tana

5 years since I left the ward

empty-handed

5 years since I went home

to an empty crib

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I still remember

when I lost you, Tana

How we searched for a heartbeat

how we searched in vain.

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I remember how

it shattered my dreams

I remember how

it broke my heart

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The fleeting moment

that I saw your face

The regret that I never

held you in my arms

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I remember how

I learnt the hard way

That plan I may

but life belongs to God.

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That live I should

as life is fickle

That love I must

with my all…

… while I may.

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Mommy

©Mugethi Gitau

13th July 2012

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Footnote: Tana is a name of Kikuyu origin. It means “generous”, “giving”, or “kind”

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