Poem by Alexander Nderitu (Kenya)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 41
What will a million barrels of oil buy you?
A palace in Riyadh?
A private jet?
A silver limousine?
Should we invade Iran
And take over their reserves?
The media says that Iranians love terror
But the Ayatollah begs to differ.
Donkey carts break down in the desert heat
The oil sheik zooms past in his silver beast
He says wealth distribution is equal and fair
But this poet begs to differ.
 This poem was inspired by an Internet-circulated picture of a silver limousine allegedly belong to a Middle Eastern oil sheik
Alexander Nderitu is a Kenyan e-book pioneer and an official of PEN Kenya Centre. He has authored four books and been nominated for various awards, including a Douglas Coupland Short Story Award for his spy story, ‘Life as a Flower’ (2004). Some of his literature has been translated into Japanese and Arabic. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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