[The Owl] To My Massey Fellows: How Can I Forget?

[The Owl] To My Massey Fellows: How Can I Forget?

BY ESTHER KARIN MNGODO

This is what I remember,

The first time I met Jim

He told me about Michelle

He told me, he married well.

When I met her, the seventh fellow,

I believed him.

He took me around the city in his Jeep

Bought me a Coca Cola and some chips

On the last day of my stay,

He made me cry at Henry’s store.

I told Jim, you must stop this love outpour.

But did he listen?

Did anyone listen?

Siobhan brought me soup when I was sick.

Kept me warm through the winter,

Gave me chocolate 90% bitter

As she herself got sweeter and sweeter.

Sweet was the chai we had at Naheed’s

She took me back to Dar es Salaam effortlessly

Bought some presents for my daughter,

I was always at home in her laughter.

Up the CN Tower we went on my birthday

With Silvia, every

day is a big day!

Full of life and energy!

In her, I learnt to let my spirit free.

I had my first Roti with Natalie

The first fellow to reach out to me.

Her words are soothing to my soul

The kindness of her heart makes me whole.

What can I say about Bob and Emily?

Oh how they have both been good to me.

Who were we before we met my beloveds?

How rich has my life become because of you

It’s in the little things that we said

And the little things that we did

That made my life more meaningful.

My memory is blurred by the joy I felt

Whale watching in Saint Andrew’s

Sharing the sauna in Helsinki

We are different people at different times

Thank you for bringing out the best in me

Thank you for being my family.

Asante sana.

 

 

THE 2017-2018 WILLIAM SOUTHAM JOURNALISM FELLOWS (FROM LEFT), NATALIE ALCOBA, SILVIA ROSA, ESTHER KARIN MNGODO, NAHEED MUSTAFA, JIM RANKIN, AND SIOBHAN ROBERTS.

 

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