Enjoy yourself to the full extent but dare not sink in indulgence
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ũiru na marakara makaingĩha,
Ta mahira ngoro ĩgatura, kĩnyiria gĩkaraha
ũngĩ ndaringa itherũ na-manyira mĩromo igacuha
Contemplating in the liberated forest region,
Solders and captains concluded with a common opinion:
‘Lukenya death camp, by night fall, must fall in to oblivion’.
Scouts for intelligence dispatched,
Next, General Mathu schemed for a revolutionary mission.
Assisted in plotting by peerless martial tacticians
Shrewd strategies took form, ideas when converged.
Acting on the carefully crafted plans,
In rows and columns, ranks and files marched for a raid, in groups.
Keeping hidden from the enemy’s savage troops,
Prompt execution of drills proofed decisive and disastrous to the colonial agents;
Surprise attack from all fronts rendered the foe vulnerable in talent.
Opening fire to militias and imperialists uncircumcised forces,
The General commanded the foe’s armory captured, and political prisoners freed at once;
Hacking and slaying ignorant British barbarians,
Land and Freedom Army at once subdued the arrogant villains;
A role model for all patriotic generations,
General Mohamed Mathu enviable deeds will forever restore our self determination!
An itinerant peddler startles me to wake at noon
Debt on debt of the brew vendors suddenly stirs my mind
How much more can I bear the grievous toils of this hood?
Surprise, dismay, alarm or pity deep and profound
Would show in their looks, with acquaintances of old,
Should we by chance meet again,
in vain friend of old Would sigh, cry and in pain fold,
Their once enviable peer in this deplored state to find steeped in strain;
Do not ask in ridicule, sarcasm, proverbs, and riddles with whom I’ve lost favor
Instead, alleviate my devastating sorrow with bottle on bottle of scented liquor!