When I grasp you, my hands grasp nothing
but a corpse that died with no justice
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We stand on your bank
tears falling on us
that stream into your heart
Everything looks at you twice
Ashamed, you look away,
you let it happen.
You can’t look for a fight.
Mazrui was always willing to confront contentious issues. He began his academic life in the 1960s as an ardent critic of all variants of Marxism, just as African socialism was becoming the prevailing orthodoxy.