Monday, 14 August 2017

A poem by Maria Stadnicka

Mozart in Nairobi

The citizenship lessons, on Wednesdays afternoon,
end at three o’clock
with a Mozart concerto, live broadcast
from our detention centre.

The outer heavy traffic,
the rain washing the roof tops across Nairobi
penetrate the walls –
a sharp, urgent, high-pitched cry.

The ants come to light, across the border,
through a crack in the wood.
Perfect day for unattended prayers.

Maria Stadnicka is a writer, freelance journalist and lecturer. She worked as a radio and TV broadcaster, presenter and editor in chief for Radio North-East, TV Europa Nova and Radio Hit and was a member of the literary group Club 8, Romania. She is member of Stroud Writers Group since 2011.


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