Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Adieu SF

the goodbyes gently nudge memories
out of their deep slumber
as love awakens my six senses
the crooked heart that bleeds on a sidewalk in Pacific Heights
the nakedness in the Castro of life and liberty
the soulful woes of the foghorn in the Pacific
the cacophony of heels and wheels in the Marina
the intoxicating smell of yesteryears on the Haight
and of the millennials at Blue Bottle in the Hayes
the lightness of sugary beings in the donuts on Polk Street
the unbearable weight of California Cabs in Nopa
the ethereal embrace of endless fog at Land’s End
the feathery touch of balmy sunshine in the Mission
I curl within,
feel the reverberating peace amidst Zakir’s notes at SFJazz
remember the lifeless breaths between heartfelt kisses
surrender to the six senses completely
for what is love
if not complete surrender
I hide these love children
in the innocent laughter of a toothless stranger in the Tenderloin
so I return to seek
for now,
I make space
for the new and the unexplored...

London times

sound and light.
i close my eyes.
beauty- in all forms- it reverberates.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

lost in translation

the presence of absence
and the absence of presence
is saudade

Friday, September 26, 2014

I'll be your mirror

armed with
the wisdom that abounds at the grays of your temples
and the strength of your idealistic heart
pack up your infinite curiosity
etch that impish smile
in the stubborn crease of your inquisitive eyes
bind your gypsy soul
with precious dreams
wait no more

sf, 2014

Friday, October 4, 2013

child's play

Its been a month of connecting, waiting, traveling, introspecting, reminiscing from 21 years to 86 lifetimes.

In the last month, I have concluded that reincarnation seems like fiction and Karma seems like non-fiction- an oxymoron indeed- for those who know the 3 kinds of Karma…
and that I should not be eating salads in Kenya (read a typhoid misdiagnosis scare)

As for village matters, for everyone who has heard my incessant talks about solar energy in the last couple years, here's an update:
In an effort to find the perfect lamp for sardine fishing, I met the 4 major players in the solar space in Africa in Nairobi and identified a particular product that might have worked well. Armed with a life vest (to venture out in the Lake at night again!), a handheld weighing scale, that "particular" solar lamp and plenty of patience, I arrived in the village only to find these efforts were, well, a bit redundant :)
OSRAM, who I have been in contact for 2 years now, decided to build a we-hub in "my" village :) So, in a couple months, there will be a computer center and solar lamps specially made for night fishing! well, more time to fish for me :)

My plans of teaching yoga and teaching at the orphanage have been thwarted by frequent trips to Kisumu to network with NGOs or to shop for upcoming projects (like right now). Every few days, though, I do get a chance to learn basic Swahili and teach basic English to about a dozen children, who show up at the house, and sit patiently through the 1-2 hour class. Sometimes, we follow it up by a skipping lesson outside :)

Lakeland Youth group is just as active as ever- responsible and hard-working youth who really want to break the cycle of poverty.
I have been able to connect them to Safe Water and Aids Prevention, Yes Youth Can! Nyanza and to Americans Friends of Kenya- AFK.
- SWAP is collaborating with them to make things like water purification tablets, mosquito repellent jelly, detergent, diapers, mosquito nets more accessible to the community. The youth group is dipping their feet into entrepreneurship- by reselling these items that they get at a discount, at retail price.
- Joram, the president of YYC Nyanza visited them last week and promised to connect them to local youth leaders for training and access to funds reserved for IGAs for youth groups.
- and maybe, maybe- one day there will be a library at Honge beach- just as the one in Siaya with the assistance of AFK.

The most exciting development of all, however, is the beginning of a conversation with Small and Micro Enterprise Programme (SMEP). On Monday, we will explore entrepreneurship a bit further- tilapia fishing, poultry farming, bee keeping etc. We have Reinhard from SMEP visiting Uhundha to talk about microloans for a small enterprise and we already have a number of youth ready to sign up.
On to bigger and better things…

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

from the morning

for the first time in years, we had a meal together.
m1 talked about perseverance, m2 demonstrated it.
I sipped on my ginger root mojito in the mid-afternoon, closed my eyes momentarily and experienced bliss- warm, familiar, comfortable.

it was a perfect day.
thank you.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Language Lyrics

I compiled a cheat sheet of Luo for anyone who is planning to spend some time in a Luo village in Kenya.