I look into the mirror and tell myself: ”You pretty little boy. Look how far you’ve come. When you were sleeping in the streets at 16, nobody who saw you then thought you’d ever wear a suit, or speak proper English. When you were scoring low marks in Science and Compositions in primary school, none of your teachers imagined you’d ever stand to address an audience. Heck, now you even write poems old men sit to read. When you were expelled from your first high school without an expulsion letter, everyone supposed that was your end.
When it was said you were a disgrace to the family, you stopped believing in yourself. You have been lonely, distraught, lost, and forsaken, but you have also messed up so many things. There are people who have never let go of the pain you caused them at a moment in their lives. Some even spit when your name is mentioned. You have been dirty, inconsiderate, selfish, childish and careless. Yet, somehow, you’re still here, like some sort of diamond that never cracks.
You laugh hard. You love tea. You write like a child. You’re bold and beautiful. You fall and rise. You love rain, and the morning sun. You adore silence. You are poems the world is yet to read. You dance; sometimes like a puppet, sometimes like a dreamer. You are charming and sexy. You are God’s beloved. So much soul, pretty little boy. So much soul you’ve got in there. You’re made of grace rainbows marvel at. I need you to keep burning.”
It’s Wednesday and time to meet one of the men who work, live and play in this city. Our Man Around Nairobitoday is Eric Otieno aka Rixpoet. Eric Onyango Otieno is a Kenyan poet, born and bred in Nairobi. He is a Social Media Executive when he is not creating, reading, having tea, or dancing.Eric Onyango Otieno began writing poetry at the age of sixteen, and has been performing his work in several poetry events including Kwani? Open Mic, A Word & A Mic, Poetry At The Park, Slam Africa, Poetry Spot, Upgrade Poetry, Poetry Under The Stars, Words Galore, among others. He is the Co-Founder of Fatuma’s Voice, an arts forum that brings people together to discuss societal matters using poetry, music, dance, motivational speaking and other forms of art.Eric Onyango Otieno is also involved in mentoring young poets across East Africa. ”Rix” is also the founder of Siri Zangu, an organization that’s out to help people use their traumatic backgrounds for betterment of themselves and their surrounding by having them share their stories to heal…