"Nothing gets a family out of poverty faster than a daughter with a white boyfriend."
~ Kenyan Coastal Proverb.
When we step out to see the ones we left behind
They see us as successful business folks
Business ladies in Nigerian headscarves
Enticed by our riches, these gullible vultures
The eager looks for a few banknotes
Are all too common and predictable
Because of our failing leadership
And pathetic joblessness
They see us as gods
Achieving the miracle of having wads
So they bombard our phones with messages
"Please, aki, siste, hook me up."
"Aki, buda, ni kubaya, si uniorganizie mradi hiyo yako?"
If only they knew
We are human bats
We satisfy others
And seek satisfaction in strangers' eyes
We find gratitude through our body parts
We are content with the humiliation of licking 'sweet nectar'
Just to be tested as to whether we were up for the challenge
And are lied to just for a fee and a few
Gymnastic exercises filmed by a shady crew
Barely even remembering whether we have protection, ama du
Mombasa Raha, my foot
So you wanna be a human bat?
You wanna show people the many vacations you have gone to?
And not be blessed to smooch their beer guts
Brush your teeth with their dicks
Or be blessed to suck their bendy, limp sticks?
You wanna be tricked into thinking you are satisfying
Yet the truth is you are disgusted by that very clitoris tongue flicking
And are sickened by these fake "Moaning Lisas"
Who think you're too amateur to eat pussy like a hungry Civil War survivor
And have no idea they only wanna see if you can stoop so low
So as to do anything you are told for a small handout
So you can take your unsuspecting girlfriend out?
Can you handle the many mornings
You wake up to a tripod stand?
Knowing you are not even close to being a filmmaker
But are a star in a project by a blue filmmaker?
When the fog of drugs
And the ecstasy is gone
And you are left with a wad of notes
But a hollow and empty soul
Will you pick yourself up
And face all you once knew?
Will you be strong enough
To do the same with clear eyes?
Or will you immerse yourself in a fog of drugs
And a kilo of makeup
To hide the shame
That you are only strong enough to unzip Savco trousers from Le Sponsor
So you can get more than what you get from HELB sponsors?
That you are only good enough for one night
Yet you are much, much more than the low you have sunk
You human bat?
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