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29 Untold stories in 29 Days Campaign (active) #100conversations projects
A world with no words or imagination will have no laughter. We need words, songs, culture and arts to keep us alive. This is Beverley from Uganda. A published author and poet.
I miss the days
when friendship was
an invitation to laugh
At shadows that danced like brooms
At spinach that got stuck between the teeth.
I miss the days when friendship
was a time to fly kites
in between bites
of hotdogs, maize,and simsim balls
A time to ride bicycles
And count the passing clouds
Creating our own musicals
On a stage made of grass.
I miss the days when friendship was
walking to church in long white socks
Whistling at flowers,throwing rocks.
Now, conversations are a patronizing
Drumming to the ears
Dreams have turned into sermons
Invitations have turned into a trick
To join a mastermind class.
“If you don’t buy my book, you don’t love me!” They scream.
Even if the book doesn’t speak to you.
Keep your honesty aside
And enjoy the ride
Business for breakfast
Lectures for lunch
Tidbits of tips for the
And all of this, they say, is to make you grow.
And yet each time they call, you shrink.
It’s another condescending call
About your commitment, or lack of it
So many people are committed these days.
Are we all lunatics?
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Three steps to becoming great again!
And yet all I want
Are the three steps to
My friend’s heart again.
It’s not the years that have changed us.
It’s lazy to blame it on our age
It’s preposterous to claim that life happened.
Our friendship wasn’t a thing that just happened.
It was who we were.
By Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, April 2021
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