The city in the sun

By Gloria Mwaniga.


In a far away land,

to the east of Nairobi,

There lies a strange city in the sun.

An old and ageless city.

Where girls abandon their clothes.

And men stay in the water like fish



The sun rays burn brightly and heat up the city.

The water is salty and warm,

Madafu is the drink that sells in that old city.

Where soil is white and sandy,

And the beaches filled with locals and tourists.


The buildings tell tales,

of Vasco Dagama and merchants,

Who traversed the land in the early years.

Drinking spiced teas and biriani at Eid.


They say that the water carries mysteries,

of jinni women and queens of the sea.

And the shells carry voices,

of lovelorn lovers lost in the vast waters.

The locals sit under coconut trees,

The shirts abandoned to keep the heat off.

They tell tales of sea travelers,

Who brought with them strange cultures,

and foods and goods

To the sea city of Mombasa.


I once loved a sailor from that old city,

Who, though generous, couldn’t return my love.

He left one morn and sailed off in the tides,

And never returned to the old town again.

They said he was bewitched by the queen of the sea.

And that he was swallowed by the vast waters.


I hear his voice sometimes,

Whenever I visit the old city.


Author: Gloria Mwaniga Minage

Phenomenal woman. that's me

5 thoughts on “The city in the sun”

  1. nice poem. its funny and very imaginative. one thing though.. isn’t Nairobi known as the city in the sun? the title creates some confusion..

    1. Hi Gloria…this is a good one, the men live in water and the girls walk naked? Hehehehe, good one.

  2. @Maria….thanks gal…. about title, i am personally opposed to Nairobi being called the city in the sun, for example, today is early July and i am totally Freezing ….no Suu but Coasto is to me the city in the sun :-))
    @Faith thanks gurl…
    @Tushey… It was inspired by our three week coasto trip…We should do it again gal….I also want to go Now..

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