dear momma

12 years ago, today, you left us. Does time fly in the land of the dead as it does here? We have all left the nest or about to. One of your sons will soon be a priest. I have told him it is not a good idea, but he says there is free food and opportunity for travel so I think he is doing alright. Life is never that serious and besides, I think he can have a girlfriend on the side.

What do you do in the netherworld? Are you busy? Do you have meetings with other ancestors? You know uncle Dam left us not so long ago. Have you met grandmother? Do you know who is coming next? And when they are coming? I hope it ain’t I because I still have some books to read, life to lead, places to visit and family to raise. If you should have any news, let me know.

Mom, there has been an internet revolution. Now information is at our fingertips. In fact it is so much, we don’t know what to do with it. Tell me mom, do you now know all, have you stopped asking or is there nothing to know?

Mom, so many things have changed since you left. I have grown tall, I have grown fat. I have lost weight and now I am just here.

I don’t want to keep you long from ancestor duties. Just make sure you tell me when the angel of death is coming. I don’t want it to be a surprise. Try to see it is not like the Appointment in Samara. That would be too late.

I will write to you again soon.

We miss you.

PS: I didn’t know your current address, so I will just leave this letter here.

I hope you like this song

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

16 thoughts on “dear momma

  1. Swarn Gill says:

    I really liked it! I bet they are fun to see live.


  2. john zande says:

    I’ll raise a glass to your mum, as I will to my father-in-law we lost 2 years ago today.

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  3. So lucky! I’ve wanted my parents to die for years but they keep refusing.

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  4. Nan says:

    Do let us know if you hear back from her!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Just wonderful. šŸ™‚

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  6. She will absolutely love the selection. Nive one.


  7. This warms my heart.


  8. Beautifully written; I have been through grief and I can relate. I am sorry about the loss of your mother


  9. […] A year has since gone by since I wrote this post in memory of mama. […]


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