as it touches the upper gum of your tender mouth
let the ‘I’ fly lightly toward the fricative ‘F’
and let ‘E’ be the silent witness.
‘Life’. It’s easy to say.
Authentic and yet unassuming, non-judgmental.
It precedes ideology and makes every assumption
Say ‘Maisha’ like the mothers of Africa.
Say ‘Shxweli’ like the people of the river.