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The Journey of Experience: Poetry by Wairimu Wanjiru


The Journey of Experience

I’m on a journey that is extremely tiresome

The tracks of faith, career and of living

Hackle my car – a range rover classic – the most

Broken it is. No, ALMOST broken it is

Somewhere along the highway of life, I pull into a service station

An attendant so dear, loving, kind and caring – TALENT

With a partner so crude, cruel and abusive…. – CAREER

Both seem to work together in silence and at times -oblivious of their personalities-

They talk, compromise, share and work it out together: in harmony

ABILITY- that’s what I get

From them, I gain the ART OF CREATIVITY

And the lesson of DISCIPLINE becomes my lifestyle

Faith in God, in myself and in my abilities -this I should never lose- IRRESPECTIVE

“It’s a long way that you have to go”, talent had said

“Trust your abilities and you will succeed,” career had countered

As I was leaving, PASSION-the unseen attendant- passed me a parcel

“Your car will breakdown if you don’t re-service”

His eyes burned with a fire of desire; but what did he desire?


Maybe, just maybe.

“Determination, Courage and Prayer: You will need them the most”

He said to make use of them

Two kilometers from the service station

Here I am in an accident

Virtue and Vice: both are injured. Seriously

At the right lane, at 1000 km/hr

I forgot to buckle the belts of SELF CONTROL

I make it to the ICU

For days without end, I’m unconscious…

I wake up in denial

I sink deep into the ocean of depression

Tablets of self-value, syrups of self esteem and syringe shots of commitment

The paths of experience are dangerous but the risk is worth the indulgence:

If you learn to learn

My final destination is here

A valley so green and watered: paradise, right?

My efforts, strong will, ability to not give up and a strong sense of discipline: I’m glad I had them

As I walk through the gates of success, a new class awaits me…




Wairimu Wanjiru
Wairimu Wanjiru
Wairimu Wanjiru fell in love with a pen and paper at a tender age. She never got up. She writes from Kenya.

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