Politics of Tiny Migingo and President Museveni’ s Finger
Of politics, poetry and prophecy,
And especially the lofty politics of tiny things,
Such as a president’s finger in a piece of plaster
And Migingo’s one-acre rocky island
In tempestuous international waters,
I am compelled to sing.
And as I commence my song, I pray you, O omniscient spirit of inspiration that has since the beginnings of time sung the rise, decline and demise of empires – first enlighten me as to how many mega-tons of political explosives lie embedded in each finger and each toe of monarchs and presidents and other potentates of this planet. Tell me if the thumb and the index finger harbor similar amounts of political explosives, or if the amounts are in direct proportion to the sizes of those fingers.
But in particular, signify to me the political magnitude of that specific right-hand finger (opposite to the nuptial-ring finger) on which emperors and hereditary sovereigns were accustomed to wear their golden rings of authority, with which they dispensed favours to their hero-worshippers, praise-singers and wagtails, or sealed the fate of rebels and conquered peoples.
More from the article in The Daily Monitor here.
An interesting resurrection of Uganda’s political poetry.