The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Alexander Nderitu: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Alexander Nderitu (Kenya)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 41



Silver Limousine[1]


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.


[1]  This poem was inspired by an Internet-circulated picture of a silver limousine allegedly belong to a Middle Eastern oil sheik

About the Poet

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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