This is not another poem about algebra
or replacement of the faithful x,
I am not here to tell you to subtract what doesn’t add up in life.
Maybe I will…
Actually, I should, now that I have your attention.
I’ll probably highlight how we use numbers everyday.
You know how tough it is when that first number changes on your birthday, you only have a decade before it changes again.
All these numbers.
Prime ,odd and even ,
All these numbers lie somewhere in your phonebook,
If not of those numerous lists we all know;
1000 ways to die,100 reasons why adolescents act the way they do,10 killer diseases ,1 favorite number,
Really you get my point.
Let me be random,
On a scale of one to ten,how many relationship goals
Do you have with your country of origin?
Here’s to another year of independence,
for some us,we’ll be voting.
I am tempted to talk about 10 reasons you are going to vote this year,
But I only have a fraction of the answers .
Our common denominator is us being fellow countrymen.
I know you do not think so.
(It’s probably the accent that sells me away)
Back to the numbers,
On a scale of one to ten;
I pick ten.
I’ve never been more serious in my life about a relationship.
She is a palace. The pearl of africa’s crown.
If I choose nine, blame it on her faithful presentation. She exudes a rare form of loyalty. She is no fair weather friend.
Her radiant sun for us to bask under, right before undetectable dark clouds stroll in leaving behind a feel of moisture.
If I rate eight.It’s because of her eyes, those wells of light , deep with mystery.
Her wild side presents of all species and sizes in the gameparks.Her hindsight and foresight views are breathtaking, especially how the flora and fauna refuse to stop kissing the plains.
Perhaps, I’ll select seven.Simply because she is a lush fertile country of milk , honey, sugar, spice and everything nice.
She presents succulent delicacies that one cannot get enough of.(taste nsenene, ffene or matooke)
Or give a rating of six since she is the hub of diversity.Her culture ,so much beauty lies therein.
I’ll skip five and four and jump to three because I’d rather show you how she nurses arts and joyful births in a state of happiness.(see for yourself on this amazing site by Joel Jemba)
Maybe three. The rugged body shape of the country.
The numerous rivers that crisscross,
Their drainage pattern ending in bursts of joy at river banks as they deposit dawn-fresh hospitable characters such as yours truly.
Demographically speaking, I think two is pretty good .She always points to her true North.A direction of moving forward.
Hold your horses, yes i know we have had the same president for longer than I’ve been in existence, but…
Come on,this is steady progress. Hakuna mchezo.(which loosely translates to no games.)
When I choose one, it’s because the
One and only thing I ask
is that you join us for
all the above and
so much more.
Made in Uganda.
I’m SO 🇺🇬,
I HEART MY COUNTRY.
For God and my country.
ALL THE PHOTOS IN THIS PIECE ARE SNIPPETS OF GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS OF JOEL JEMBA.(click here for more eye candy)