la cucaracha

As I’ve been in meetings in Dar es Salaam and haven’t much to offer in the way of experiences, I’ll post this (bad) poem I wrote a couple of months ago in Freetown (Sierra Leone) after a skirmish with an unwelcome visitor to my bathroom tub.


copper warrior, iron armor
i slap at you with a mat, a slipper,
you demonstrate fear to pacify
and hide just inside the drain
robert e lee of the bathroom, the better general
destined to lose by forces beyond you
i respect but fear
bully but am powerless to vanquish
bra kakroch

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