I know you are a champion
You have conquered fields and won crowns
You have been carried up by crowds
Walked on deserts,
Touched your tongue on burning coal
And eaten hot pepper, bare
Been happy and you’ve frowned
Been lost and found
You have flown above clear skies
Had clouds singing, calling you out
You have swum, you have drowned
I have no single doubt
That you have dined with men so profound

You have touched greatness with your bare hands
Sung songs only angels could sing
I know the paths you have walked
That your back has wings
You have eaten with kings
Rubbed shoulders with mighty human beings
Your words…your words are living things

You swallowed wisdom alive
And you, you have thrived
That God knows your name
Only one thing you haven’t done in your entire life
To die

But do not be fooled
You can still be taught
Lied to, even killed

There are paths you are yet to step with your feet
Foods you are yet to eat
A God you are yet to meet
Places you are yet to sit
Dark corners in your heart, yet to be lit
And a past you can never delete

There are trees you are yet to see
Love you are yet to feel
A being you are yet to be
A heaven… you are yet to enter
You can still be told
So while you can, listen
Be gentle, be bold
There’s a lot of life cooking in your kitchen
To this world do not be sold
And fathom
A soft heart never grows old, only big
And the only way to be big
Is by being small

Be the meekest bird in your flock
But most of all
Just be a child…

By Eric Onyango Otieno “RixPoet”

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