ze ze ze zikumi za

zoe sings a kenyan folk song:
ze ze ze zikumi za
but she doesn’t know
the spelling, or
what the words mean;
just loves the z’s
in swahili
echoing her name

and tells me in soccer
she scored a goal
for the other team
right after
she kicked the ball
into someone’s stomach

she is sharp, fast
but not always aimed
in the right direction;
a danger more blunderbuss scatter
than sniper precision

some days are like that
i say. choose your targets
hit them
and come home singing
and zinging
those z’s that buzz a tongue
into smiles

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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23 Responses to ze ze ze zikumi za

  1. This was very fun and playful Susan.
    Reminds me of when in yoga we put our tongue on the roof of our mouth and buzzz like a bee.

  2. tongue twister! Great!

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Ah kids… is this about yours? Either way, great poem. I really like the z sounds up top, very musical.

  4. You did catch her there Susan ~ love the zzzzz’s not being related to sleep ~ love that Zoe loves them because they echo her name ~ looks to me like she’s got a sound compass 🙂

  5. Green Speck says:

    Zingalacious 🙂

  6. Bruce Ruston says:

    Such fun in this a nice happy one

  7. nelle says:

    I see a happy child, feet manoeuvring, song in her heart, determined, relishing the moment.

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  9. 17rick47 says:

    A link to this poem can now be found at ‘edge of frog’

  10. Your ability to churn words out of every situation is so amazing, Susan. 🙂

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