BATTLES OF MOMBASA (1895-1896)l.
The sky and ocean turned to the color of night
At the horizon when came a formidable foe to sight
A Fleet of mattock- like canoes and war ship shadowed the great coral reef
The foe’s Cannons and guns to Mombasa when pointed from the deeps
A million barbarians’ and murderer’s hounds, at dawn, when anchored.
Now the ones from the west, and those of south east, for the first time encountered
In Mombasa rival armies when took up arms for violent confrontation.
War bugles and roaring drums is what set the tempo for corking riffles,
Mercenaries, outlaws and gangs, on the foe’s side, when joined the battle;
Those from Sudan, Egypt and India when reinforced the foe.
Stronger, those from the West now renewed the offence in rows,
The battle took unexpected turn, General Mbaruk was now in peril.