Why Vultures Laugh

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We have dipped
Half-fired pots
In the well of independence
Like vultures sinking
Long beaks in the soft parts

At least the vultures harvest
Chunks of stinking slippery flesh
Which sail gently
Down welcoming throats

But we have stayed by the well
Soaked in frustration
Our arms heavy stumps
Our hearts shrivelled nuts
As the water defies ur pots
Little winder then
The vultures laugh at us

Editor’s Note:
This is an extract from Suzan Kiguli’s masterpiece, The African Saga. Her great literally works cover a wide range of topics from politics, to love, and just courtesy mentions to her friends. Her political works however still speak volumes in the current political situation that our country is in, and thus the reason why they have been published on this blog under fair use. We hope you enjoy

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Suzan Kiguli

Susan Nalugwa Kiguli (born 24 June 1969 in Luweero District, Uganda) is a Ugandan poet and literary scholar. She is an associate professor of literature at Makerere University. Kiguli has been an advocate for creative writing in Africa, including service as a founding member of FEMRITE, a judge for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (African Region, 1999), and an advisory board member for the African Writers Trust. As a poet, Kiguli is best known for her 1998 collection The African Saga, as a scholar, and for her work on oral poetry and performance - Wikipedia

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Susan Nalugwa Kiguli (born 24 June 1969 in Luweero District, Uganda) is a Ugandan poet and literary scholar. She is an associate professor of literature at Makerere University. Kiguli has been an advocate for creative writing in Africa, including service as a founding member of FEMRITE, a judge for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (African Region, 1999), and an advisory board member for the African Writers Trust. As a poet, Kiguli is best known for her 1998 collection The African Saga, as a scholar, and for her work on oral poetry and performance - Wikipedia

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