THIS IS FOR YOU

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You who wake up before the sun
Before the cock crows you are on the dusty road
Before the sun yawns your feet touch ground
Before even the dew forms you are out
Before dust begins to blow eyes are attentive
Before early morning fog clears you’re focused
Your mind is set on the day ahead
Your heart knows it is time to hustle
Get that coin to bring home to your daughter
Maina! They call your name
You are ready for the day’s hard work
Evening comes they place that coin in your hand
Bidding farewell to a day gone by
Hand clutching that coin like it would escape
You know your baby girl will have milk

This is for you
You who hear the cock crow at dawn
After the dew has fallen on grass you stand
After the sun starts to peak secretly, your eyes open
After the fog clears you head to the shed
After dust has started blowing you’re focused
Your mind is set on your day coming forth
Your heart knows it’s time to milk the cows
Get that milk that will bring your coin
Adhiambo! Your neighbour calls
You are ready with her milk for payment
Evening comes you place your coins in your jar
Bidding farewell to a day fruitfull
Hand clutching the money like it would disappear
You know your baby boy will go to school

This is for you
You who wake up after the sun has set
When the cock crows heading back to the hen house
When the sun has yawned, your legs feel the ground
When dew has already dried up from grass
When dust has settled in satisfaction
When nothing but evening beckons
Your mind is set on the night that engulfs
Your heart knows its time to wait these tables
Get that extra tip to bring to your husband
Marisela! Your boss yells at you
You are ready for the night’s bustles
Morning comes you place your tips in your pocket
Bidding farewell to a night that was
Hand clutching the pocket like it would fly away
You know hubby will start that business

This is for you, this is for you
You who never stop, stop to regret

Copyright March 2016
Mulunga Alukwe

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