Wooded Path”, painting by Erin Hanson, USA
Erin Hanson Gallery

Wake up

Wake up, empire of the sun,

It is better to search for knowledge than to fight.

Better to be honorable than dishonorable.

Better to be selfless than greedy.

Be wise and strong to free yourself,

From the shackles of ignorance and hate,

Wake up from the slumber of violence.

Know when to moderate need with generosity.

To be free, seek the wisdom of ancient roots,

And your ancient languages, too,

For then, you shall know who you truly are,

And which rational path to follow.

The path to richness in wisdom and values.

The path to decent wealth,

Clothed in the success of morality.

Bob Mwangi Kihara, Kenya