To Brave the Demons by Allan Kimutai
She wants to go to school
And sharpen her wit
To cut the long cord of
The shameful state of want.
Along her path are fiery demons
She firmly trusts her resolve.
She wants to live freely
A flightless unrestrained bird
Roving beyond the horizons
Without lusty eyes prying on her
Conniving to lay siege on her person
She will walk on tall.
She wants to make choices
Fail miserably or profit
A free fish in a serene pond
Devoid of devilish sharks and all
The annihilators of the good
She braces herself for it all.
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About the author
Allan Kimutai is a Kenyan writer. His works appear in or are forthcoming in the Ake Review, The Active Muse, The Writer’s Space Africa, the Kalahari Review, the Nalubaale Review, Writers Resist and Havik’s 2020 Anthology (Homeward). He is currently working on a collection of poems.
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