Lorot Salem: My Mt. Kenya is up in Flames Tororot

Fires are raging across the slopes of Mt. Kenya in Africa, and they may have been set by poachers who target elephants for their ivory tusks, according to the report by Huffington Post on March 20, 2012 . It is a sad event indeed, with the seasonal rains that usually appear this time of year failing to come to the rescue.

LOROT SALEM, a young Kenyan poet shares with us his deep agony and anguish through the following poem that he has written today on his website, Echoes of the Hills. You may recall his beautiful poem on Wangari Maathai that he graciously allowed us to publish in this space last year.

Let us join him in his prayers to Tororot (which means God in Pokot language) that the fires are quelled quickly. 


My Mt. Kenya is up in Flames Tororot

by Lorot Salem

My Mt. Kenya is up in flames,Tororot,
The forest is being consumed–
the loss in billions, the pain immediate

My Mt. Kenya is up in flames, Tororot,
All my indigenous trees, the species, the ecosystem
All of them reduced to ashes

My Mt. Kenya is up in flames, Tororot,
Courageous souls have stepped up
Yet, the leaping flames are vengeful

I am here, watching the news
Watching good souls putting out the fire with tree branches
But the flames are also burning up my heart

I don’t know what I would tell my children
Of how we lost Mt. Kenya
How will I say the fire consumed it for seven days?
I would look at space with pained expression
And say, “Son, Mt. Kenya burnt before me
That is how we lost her back in the year 2012″

Even before then, Tororot,
Just one wish: Please rain on Mt. Kenya
Please make life grow again
Even if some losses we might never regain.


Further links you may be interested in:
It is a sad happening. For more than seven days now, fire has been consuming Mt. Kenya destroying billions-worth of trees and life. This is a serious tragedy.
This is how the disaster has been reported.

Citizen News: Fire in Mt. Kenya

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