RATENG’ (A Poem)


About the author:
Dr. Joseph R. Alila was born in 1956, in Ndhiwa Kenya. A well traveled scientist and educator. JR Alila is the Author of several novels, including, “SUNSET ON POLYGAMY (www.publishamerica.com),” “THE MILAYI CURSE (www.lulu.com),” and “WHISPER TO MY ACHING HEART.”

RATENG’ AND BRIDE is JR Alila’s second book under poetry following THIRTEEN CURSES ON MOTHER AFRICA (www.lulu.com).

In the epic poem “RATENG’ AND BRIDE,” Joseph R Alila (Author of such novels as “Whisper to My Aching Heart” and Sunset on Polygamy”) pleads with the hero (Rateng’) to abandon a lifelong ambition of reigning in a killer, illusive Bride, and redeeming his honor and Ramogi people’s collective pride.
Of Rateng’s illusive Bride-call her Power, Leadership or The Presidency-Alila reminds his hero of her corrupting, material allure and deadly charms. Like a gem, a Powerful Presidency corrupts everybody it touches, and its corrupting effects linger like the nauseating smell of a scared skunk.
Employing rich imagery and proverbs, and never shy to go Luo vernacular with proverbs, in “RATENG’ AND BRIDE,” Alila has played his satirical hand, again (since THE WISE ONE OF RAMOGILAND, www.lulu.com), and demonstrated his knowledge of the political landscape of Kenya.

Publication Date: Jul 24 2008
ISBN/EAN13: 1438251092 / 9781438251097
Page Count: 126
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5.25″ x 8″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Poetry / African

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