I Got Your Message, Nenkai

Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Anda supai
Aldarasa, Nenkai! ["Good morning, Nenkai!"]
Takwenya? ["How are you?"]
I got your message from Kenya,
Nenkai;
Radiant daughter of Maasai
Who walks with her head held high
Whose Ilala["teeth"] make morans shy

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Ou, maape, silent one["Come, let's go, silent one"]
To the days that are gone
When we rejoiced in the moon
Danced in the midnight and noon
When we made a serene lagoon
Filled with love and care
When nothing was hard to dare...
But I got your message, Nenkai!

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Nenkai,
It's hard to say
I'm okay
But I didn't die
Walls can squeeze and reel
But I carried a nyundo-mjinga* and drill
Soy el mismo["I'm still the one"]
Though I miss you more
Yes, I can break some Spanish
You know, my wish
Was to sing a Spanish song
To you in Maa but I was wrong
For I got your message, Nenkai

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That day comes in a man's life
When he must cut apron strings
And eat strife
I needed wings
I needed a life of my own
Though I did not own
That's why I left the engaji["house"]
For shame is a fatal allergy...
Why am I even writing this eulogy
For I got your message, Nenkai

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Yes, the message
Forgot every single stroke of massage
How you sat lazily on my laps
Secret midnight taps
You sucked and suckled me, Nenkai
But the message forgot every single day
My only friend and companion
Whose saliva and blood I've drunk
You befriended a chameleon
You're the ball I won't dunk
For I got your message, Nenkai

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But we shall meet in Paris
Though my throat is too heavy for French
Then my thirst I'll quench
And I'll be that Adonis
When African gods will vanquish
Strange Russian demons James Bondish
Will you still write the same message
After I've shown you
My favourite position in bed
(Yes, next to the socket, hun
So I can charge my phone!)
For I got your message, Nenkai
And I wanna prove to you, anyway
That I'm dumb but not numb!

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*(nyundo-mjinga— literally, 'Stupid Hammer')

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