Vast territories turned to treacherous battle grounds
Between River Cania and the forested Mountain lands
In grave battles for supremacy, bitter rivals vied for martial wits.
Clamor for commerce and monopoly of estates was the constant source of rifts
Pastoralist or Agriculturalist, to whom, in the end, would victory shift?
Sharp poisoned spokes at the bottom of camouflaged pits
Plagued, menaced and disarmed the Maasai to the host’s profit
Maasai’s long- broad- bladed spears and bizarre machetes flashing at the tips
Too were no small worries to the Agĩkũyũ defence,
But the Agĩkũyũ’s Poisoned arrows alas, in the ‘twin rows’ offence
Proved too costly to the Maasai for a fatal score
And decisive in ceasing the protracted warfare;
In the open plains, once, Nilotes unbound reined
In the highlands, Bantus martial skills soared unchained
Today, why should petty contradictions tween allies be preserved?