Let's say how in night's darkness Kampala dashes like a bashful bride on her wedding night How buildings in the old Indian-style facade wave at you like old pals Buildings that sit down along commercial roads and watch a con take place Let's say how you get enveloped in the gold-leaf of security lamps that keep watch over the city's stately scholars and omnipresent paupers Let's say how orchestras of traffic flow through wonderstruck junctions tugged at your heartstrings how tuxedoed marabou storks gaze at you fearlessly perched on various meticulously labelled exotic trees that dot select spaces, how you inhale the lingering whiff of their pristine excrements that spatter on the city's pavements Let's say how angry graffiti jostle for space on walls of rundown buildings forbidding intrusion how empty trash-littered streets warn you to take flight Let's mention its multiracial mix of people some camouflaged by straw hats and safari boots and the skin colour of Africa Let's mention the swanky restaurants, beaming bus parks, souvenir bazaars and clustered banks and maiden malls and dreams' abattoirs. Let's mention its untamed suburbs grounds marshy with discarded ugali meal and rotting strings of sukuma wiki, the air reeking of banana and goat and pork nyama choma and writhing under the snarl of matatu engines and outdoor speakers blasting derelict Luganda And when we talk about Nakasero and St Balikuddembe let's think the pandemonium Of history's ultimate bazaars, breathing masses Whose cells are stalls crammed full of second-hand clothes and spare parts, Chains, detergents, matoke, DVDs; where a continuous cacophony Of yells and radios and tuk-tuks and muezzin's chants clogs the air.
Redscar McOdindo K'Oyuga (@RedscarMcOdindo) is a poet and writer and many other things. He studied Medicine & Surgery at campus. He writes in both Swahili and English. His work has been published in Lawino Magazine, Jalada, and Breaking Silence, an anthology of poems. His Swahili poems (mashairi) are weekly published in Taifa Leo and/or Taifa Jumapili, Kenya's nationwide Swahili Newspaper. He is a winner of the Fern Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared, or is forthcoming, in Kwani?, assorted newspapers and other poetry anthologies.