Iowa Writes

Kaguru's Muted Lament

A heavy sigh was heard inside the
Nyarubuye Golgotha Church that
Easter Sunday at the twilight.
Listening to an inside voice,
Kaguru (the withered-leg man) stretched his leg

Silently asking, seeking,
(Ask and you will receive;
Seek and you will find.)
desperately imploring the Son of God to
lay a hand on him,
humbly knocking on His door.

(Knock and the door will be open.)
Several Sundays he had heard his Kirchepfeiler
Father White Missionary the biblical story tell.
Cioavverra-Certo, Cela arrivera-certainement.
Kaguru grabbed his stretcher and left the pew with the
withered leg,

a muted lament welling up within himó
Mana yanjye, Mana yanjye,
Kuki wantereranye?
Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani.
Father, Father, Why Have You
Forsaken Me?

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Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure is the author of Lamentations on the Rwandan Genocide (Final Thursday Press), a collection that includes this poem. A professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, he is also the editor of World Eras Volume 10: West African Kingdoms, 500-1590.

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on August 26, 2006

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