The Candle’s Out


That night we kept vigil
The lamp went out
But we waited
“The candle’s out”
They said
But we still kept on
Waiting for the birth of the baby

For 20-plus years,
We had waited for this baby
We were hurt by the misscarriage,
our hopes dimmed
And we thought the candle’s out
Even before we lit it

But the dawn greeted us
With a baby’s cry
Our joy knew no bounds
When we saw the baby
Fondly named Katiba
We hope to see it grow
Spreading peace and love
Over hills and valleys
And throughout the plains

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