Maasai Mara

The lions were sleeping from a food hangover brought on by feasting all night on a water buffalo. Two females, a young male and the dominant male were lying near the carcass. On the road we had seen a young male, alone under a tree. The game driver said that lion had been outcast because he had killed the cubs of a female. Another female was now hiding her cubs in the bush to keep them alive.

The driver takes us straight to the carcass. The dominant male gets up for seconds. The ribs have been stripped of meat. The head still there. He is not interested in me today. I watch as he applies pressure from his teeth, his paws.

on the open plain

animals graze and lookout

preying or preyed on


dVerse prompt to write a haibun about a situation of pressure. I was going to add a photo but kind of gross.

Maasai Mara


I went to Mombasa

I did not see rain

there is drought in Amboseli

elephants are dying

wildebeests zebras Maasai giraffe


I went to Maasai land

I did not see a bow

only spears and panga

arrows used to kill

when the loins attack


I went to Maasai Mara

to see the wildlife

thunderstorms on the horizon

got wet in the landrover

viewed a perfect rainbow



dVerse prompt to use a threesome. My choice is rain, bow and rainbow.



I stopped by the side of the road

witness to a baobab

mighty in age and statureβ€”

to behold such a tree

leaves me gasping

as some have been uprooted

for export

left caged in Kilifi

subject now to law

please protect the baobabs


dVerse quadrille using the word gasp. I have wanted to see a baobab and this one was fine. In November 2022 export of eight huge baobabs was stopped by the Kenyan government. Now they wait in cages.