BATTLE OF KIPSOBOI (1850s)

Moi Avenue in Mombasa
Moi Avenue in Mombasa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

08/04/2013

Scheming cunning strategies, at Kipsojoi, elders pondered with bent brows.

Plans evolved from tacticians’ bellies   alleviated a formidable foe.

In battle of Kobujoi, to whose favor would the wind blow?

Flashing machetes pointed to Mombasa and Zanzibar;

Military prowess proofed decisive in determining the nerve-racking war.

In granite frontiers of Mau escarpments,

could Sawe age set in frontline out march the aggressor in talent?

Antagonism came about from the guest’s extravagant arrogance,

Disdain and brute humiliation acted only to hasten  suspension in pace.

Vying for prestige, at Kipsogoi, Arabs and Nandi tested marksmanship;

A shield for target, contenders in rows corked guns and bent bows.

Could rash youths bar shame from and assert Kaptalain Laibon leadership?

In Kimatke, Kipsojoi, Kobujoi and Chemose garrisons

unexpectedly besieged, Swahili Arabs encountered miserable sorrow;

Engaged murderously by Sawe contingents from a superior position,

Slave raiders from low points could not attend to Marmar regiments steel –paw.

In battle of Kipsoboi, hidden daggers  and murmuring spears confounded a mighty foe;

Subdued, to the great lake, Arab’s caravans there no more would go.

A nation for long united in slave raids would decline in sudden Nandi woe.

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