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I Am Mzungu in the Land of Kenya

April 9, 2010

I am white in a land of black

I am honest in a land of corruption

I am frozen pizza in a land of ugali

I am DVDs in a land of 1980s VHS

I am English in a land of Swahili

I am pants and tank tops in a land of skirts and long sleeves

I am blunt in a land of beating around the bush

I am loud in a land of quiet

I am independent in a land of community

I am “clean” in a land of dirt

I am a woman in a land of men

I am healthy  in a land of sickness

I am well-fed in a land of hunger

I am educated in a land of illiteracy

I am rich in a land of poverty

I am haraka haraka in a land of pole pole

I am hardworking in a land of “come what may”

I am on time in a land of delays

I am gadgets in a land of simplicity

I am jazz, rap, symphonies  in a land of gospel

I am 22, single and childless in a land of 22 yr old married mothers

I am driving in a land of walking

I am hot showers in a land of cold bucket baths

I am sarcasm in a land of saying what you mean

I am rules in a land of the unlawful

I am passion in a land of complacency

I am mzungu in the land of Kenya

I am adaptable in a land where opposites attract

And I, I am in love with Kenya

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