Friday, November 26, 2010

Missile from North Korea (or ‘Uncle Kim’s Song’)

They say that the danger is present and clear:
Nuclear annihilation is drawing near.
What these hawks are not saying on air
Is that you’re more likely to be killed by a drunk driver
Than a missile from North Korea.

Every nation stocks missiles for its own welfare
It doesn’t meant we’re ruthless like a bear:
Even the Korean Conflict was a Russian-American affair.
After more than five decades in the espionage game,
Here’s the best intelligence ‘product’ I can share:
Eastern or Western, people are basically the same,
We all want the world to be more sane –
It’s current state is a crying shame.
Even after the Cold War, hostilities didn’t wane:
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I’m running blind, involved in a cat-and-mouse game
Against my own country; you can imagine my pain.
The evidence against me is a tissue of lies
But “watchers” keep following me like flies
And a criminal trial ahead of me lies.
I’ve suffered the fate of too many spies –
Going unseen, unheard, unappreciated, unsung,
After sacrificing our time, energies and even lives.
Now I know what Graham Greene meant
When he called espionage the “territory of lies”.
To fully appreciate this poem, read Alexander Nderitu's award-winning short story, 'Life as a Flower' (

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