Making a Fire

by Betty Kaigo
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Fuuu

Out of breath

No fire

Fuuufuuu

Red eyes, tears

No fire

Fuuufuuufuuu

Hands in smoke

In surrender

 

Mother’s song

Lights up her mind

Ogwanankololo tigwakwate

Ogwange gwakwata

She puts her hand round the glow

Soothingly

She holds dry grass close

 

Ogwanankololo tigwakwate

Ogwange gwakwata

Fuu

A flame

Relief

Rejoicing

 

She adds thin sticks

She adds thick sticks

The flame grows

She sprints out

For the pot

As she hums

Ogwanankololo tigwakwate

Ogwange gwakwata
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betty_kaigo-150x150Betty Kaigo is a high school teacher of Literature and English Language who started writing when she joined the FEMRITE Readers’& Writers club in 2008. She writes short stories and poetry: her publications have appeared in many journals. She was also the second runner-up in the Femrite-Start journal’s ’50 Years of Independence Competition’ for her story ‘My Uganda @ 50.’ She is putting together on her first poetry collection.