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The Northerner

The Northerner

A Poem by Bidu Ibrahim

A tribute to the peoples of Northern Kenya


From the desolate North

Numbed by decades of marginalization

Sticks out like a sore thumb

A picture of emaciation

Ever high on a cocktail of vain pride and aggression

Loathed and revered in equal measures

A Northerner defies all definition;

A mishmash of true determination and wheeling and dealing

An imagery of primitive savagery

Drowning in clanism in a sea of tribalism

Still struggling to reconcile with the past

A magnet to every mess

A scapegoat in every place

The Northerner defies all description;

Next time you see a Northerner,

Ask if he’s proud to be one,

I am!

© 2016 Bidu Ibrahim

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Added on October 28, 2016
Last Updated on October 28, 2016
Tags: Northerners, Northern Kenya, North Eastern Kenya people


Bidu Ibrahim
Bidu Ibrahim

Merti , Isiolo, Kenya

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