Poems of East Africa

Now toll the Bells

“Now Toll the Bells

Now toll the bells
that say we must part
one thing deep down I know
what forever becomes one
must thus forever remain.

Feelings tender and comely
Fill our hearts a brimful
and though the bells toll ceaselessly
heart beats of love drums on and on…

The weary heart of the mid-day sun
blazes fiercely on weary foreheads
travelers sigh, spitting dust
the journey is long,
but for home we long.

Mere words not carry
the moments
of hearts contented, exalted, delighted .
So to say gratitude for it all
Falls for below par
now toll the bells…”

This poem is from Kenya. It expresses the wedding bell, toll bells. Excitement rushes through the author from the love and happiness he has for the day. Forever they will remember each other, this poem tells love between a couple and how they are departing.


The drums beat symbolizes the heart beat of someone in love. They have a journey ahead that is bringing great things for them. They part with gratitude, and not forge each other they will love.


On a clouded moon

“The sky painted in dark misty blue

Heavy hearts, echoes in the dark

Chatters and wails embraces the


Now we wait, for questions in regards to

what happened?

What did we do wrong?

What infact did we not do?


A harvest of tears, folded hands

A forced laughter from the back

Head on head, an inevitable collision

It was time, nobody could stop it

A bullet to the heart, a missed call

Its now a clouded moon with little light



We are lost on how the world works

Blurred is our judgement

Is it our time or its His time

We are just mere puppets

We brew in our anger , for we dont know

what happens next

Curiosity is what drives us to travel that sad



The knowledge of what happens next kills us

We want to know, but our ignorance

ambushes us.

Forever we will remain in the dark

For the good Lord forgot to share some of

the secrets of life

So its forever a clouded moon hanging on

top of our heads.”


Written by Tawona Ranganawa


This poem symbolizes death. Why can’t we see death coming? Death will always come for every human being. And our friends and family will suffer from our death. Tears cover your eyes and you try to laugh to make everything better but it doesn’t come out.  No one can stop death! When someone dies everything is sad and the sky goes a little dark.

In this poem it says curiosity kills us. Maybe you can die for trying to od something dangerous because you are curious. You never know! And forever you will mourn that person, even if you overcome that he passed away when you remember them you will be devastated.


One thought on “Poems of East Africa”

  1. I really like both poems. It’s true, we don’t know when death is coming but we know that death is a fact and before it comes we have to live our life happy and forgive everyone that has hurt you. We will never know when and how we will die, we just know one day it will happen that’s why we have to enjoy life.

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