Goodnight Rwandan Moon

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Ida B Wells family picture

In the hilly, green land,

There was a young girl

With much to understand

About this big world.

There were kiddos to teach

And places to see,

Adventures to have,

But not permanently.

 

Goodbye rice and

Goodbye beans.

Goodbye chickens, cows, and tea.

Goodbye cold showers.

Goodbye bus stations.

Goodbye East African vacations.

Goodbye maize and

Goodbye francs.

Goodbye massive water tanks.

Goodbye women, brightly dressed,

Goodbye work weeks with no rest.

Goodbye mangoes stacked and sweet,

Goodbye dirty, dusty feet.

Goodbye markets and

Goodbye motos.

Goodbye laughing SG photos.

Goodbye students, and family time.

Goodbye daily uphill climbs.

Goodbye eucalyptus trees,

Goodbye scary monsoon breeze.

Goodbye libraries,

Village and school.

Goodbye mornings, bright and cool.

Goodbye yummy banana wine.

Goodbye children calling ‘I’M FINE’.

Goodbye handshakes, high fives, hugs.

Goodbye bites from random bugs.

Goodbye words I can’t pronounce,

And sweet moments, too high to count.

It’s time to go,

Fly far away.

We always knew

I couldn’t stay.

Goodbye for now,

I’ll be back soon.

Goodbye, goodnight

Rwandan moon.

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Before and after!

 

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2 thoughts on “Goodnight Rwandan Moon”

  1. Naomi,
    I have been a part of your journey from the very beginning. You’ve made me laugh and at some times even made me cry, but one very important lesson to be taken away from your journals is; it is possible for one human being to open their hearts and minds to another.
    I wish you a long and healthy life filled with sweetness and joy.
    Thanks again for sharing. ❤

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  2. Naomi,
    Am happy to have worked with you. You are such a dedicated person I’ve seen.

    Thank you for your contributions towards LFHS, we will surely remember you.

    Personally, I’ll miss you. Take good care of yourself

    See you soon

    Biira

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