The Better Being

don’t be the supercilious fool
who only concerns self with another’s shortcomings or subjective cool
instead of that which is germane to the valuation of one’s own true worth
or the thought assessment of their own school
which is only possible if they’re able to shed the epidermis of their preceding self


© Heath Muchena, 2016


respect CREATIVITY first
before going through the PROCESS
of putting it to the TEST


© Heath Muchena, 2016

Coal Kid ii

His dream was to live like a Kushite king
And extend prosperity to his progeny for at least a century
The way his ancestors had done during the reign of the 25th dynasty
Instead of sorting out gabbage from the bins like the Zabbaleen
But for that time being
He had no option but to keep at what he was doing
Maintaining… surviving

So mornings ’til evenings
He was out grinding
And while most were likely comfortably sleeping
He’d be up, scheming of ways to make something out of nothing

Unwavering in the pursuit of his ambition
It was no surprise he eventually started winning
Black boy odds defying
O, so inspiring!


© Heath Muchena, 2016

The Principle of Peace

it’s lonely at the top
and empty at the bottom
for God’s wrath has no in between
hence no one can ever stop
the curse of fire and brimstone

and even if they flee
as did Lot in search of Sodom
they’ll soon enough see
that one cannot shelter from storm
a mind which knows not freedom


© Heath Muchena, 2016


The urge to communicate
By far outweighs the reputational risk I have to take
To get my message across and express to you – Scarlet

So here I confess
And hope that you don’t take offence at my attempt
But instead give me this one chance for what it’s worth
Because no longer can I remain in this curious state

And I’m not asking for a taste
At least not just yet
But if you come with me on this date
I promise it will be an experience we both will never forget

And in the case that things don’t go as you’d expect
Then your wishes I will totally honour and respect
Because I’m not one for regrets
And I’d even be happy to remain as just friends

Not to say that I’m not confident
But I’m certainly the kind of man who can take the red with a tinge of orange


© Heath Muchena, 2016

Gasoline gods VI

black gold money is plenty
on the clean waterside of Equatorial Guinea
where you find the Obiangs and unduly greedy…
talking foreign exchange over morning tea
their reality far removed from the struggles of the majority


© Heath Muchena, 2016

The Dreamer Who Would Not Be Discouraged

all he truly wanted was to have the hardwork
provide for lunches and dinners
too busy doing, he never quite imagined someday he’d accumulate
so many Kuwaiti dinars

and those who had counted him out
no longer could deny that he had paid his dues

for he had by then become the unmistakable proof
that anybody could become somebody


© Heath Muchena, 2016