Being a dad

baby approaching men s black sunglasses
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I’m looking yonder (always wanted to apply this word), lined on the block are skimpily dressed girls

Some beckoning, calling out to me and any other passerby looking like a man

Nairobi nightlife can get crazy, the nocturnals earning a living and only God can judge them

It’s almost midnight, another lost soul headed home after a long day

Want nothing else, only a warm bath and some food and some few hours rest

And then I feel a firm hand on my shoulder, I instinctively pull away with both of my hands on my bag

I know these streets can be dangerous but who might want to rob me, at least not before all these people and under these bright streetlights

I turn and it’s only a friend of mine, he’s beaming with joy

In his hands got a transparent package with a baby picture on the surface, inside is something looking like a tiny basket

He’s from the hospital, his girlfriend is only hours away from delivering his first child

Was in an interview trying to get a job when the call came in, graduating next month

I’m happy for him but jealous as well, he’s having a child and me I’m still drowning in bachelorood

Of course I’m old enough to be a family man, by now should be having a kid or two to my name

On Sunday take them to the park after church, eat ice cream and later on catch a movie while munching popcorn

During school holidays let them give mama a heart attack, kids running around a once quiet house and breaking porcelain and her holy grail.

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