I’m sorry I took you out without checking the calendar,
It is a wrong day to be or not to be religious.
I’m sorry things are not how they used to be when I was your age…
Nowadays kids do grown up things,
they even die in grown up fights.
I’m sorry I did not tell you we are not all the same.
I told you we are all made in God’s image
but some of us have divided that image into color pigments on our faces,
different directions a worshiper faces,
and I’m sorry Imams and Pastors can only teach;
they cannot force peace and love into minds that are ready to forget about God’s forgiveness.
We forget, we are not alive because we are worthy,
so you don’t get a chance to kill another to prove your life’s worth.
My conscience has always been clothed and guided,
but today, I’m stripped, naked, bare and weak,
too weak to convince the hands fixated on the trigger that you do not qualify for sacrifice.
So I’m going to ask you to play dead.
Breathe like you don’t like oxygen.
Act your part because I already played the part where I don’t get to live without you.
Mufasa (c) 2015.
This piece was as a result of the emotions the Westgate tragedy stirred in me.
I believe terrorism has no religion.
I believe terrorists are just that- Terrorists.
I believe that if you can be convinced to kill an innocent person in the name of religion,
then religion here is just an excuse.
Mufasa (c) 2015.
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Born and brought up in Kenya, Mufasa is a performance poet currently based at the capital, Nairobi. A winner of multiple national slam championships, no one comes alive on stage like Mufasa, his words dance with honesty and vulnerability but expressed powerfully enough to suspend an audience. He has graced various national events that include performing before the President and before the Chief Justice of Kenya a number of times.
Mufasa is arguably the one performance poet in Kenya who constantly speaks about the girl child and plights of women in the society.
His work is greatly influenced by his inner activism for equality and social justice, while drawing inspiration from; God, life experiences, personalities such as the late Wangari Maathai, Malala Yousafzai, and a field of worldwide creatives that include choreographer Sonya Tayeh, Emile Sande, Kenya’s band- Sarabi, and Saul Williams.
He hopes his pieces achieve his vision of inspiring better values in the society. “It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how much you better the world”.
Mufasa launched his first spoken word album on 12th of October 2014 at Alliance Francaise, Nairobi at an event dubbed, Unchained Voices.