Tears for Saint Trouble


The Man Who Lost His Shadow
Sunkuta “Trouble” Manunga (1962 – 2011)

Monday, 4th July, 2011

I sit here and wonder..

Which picture of you should I paint?

The stubborn uncle

Who only wanted to watch that movie “The Saint”?

The funny friend

Who joked about losing his shadow?

Or the prodigal son

Whom only Elizabeth could handle?

You were and still remain

The strongest man I know,

This is why it’s so hard to believe

You’re not here anymore.

You were the Godfather,

My invincible Don Vito Corleone

How can I find “justice”

in this world all on my own?

I look at the initials T.M

“Pephius and diamonds”

Ah, undoubtedly

You were really as precious as diamonds,

I can’t even fully describe

Who or what you were,

My uncle, my father, my friend,

Now my angel watching over me from up there

Wish you could be here

To witness all the pinnacles I plan to reach

Wish you could be here

To give me the famous “Mbamba Speech”

Wish you never had to die,

St. Trouble,

It was you who was going to teach me how to be a “guy”

I knew you were loved

But I was naive as to how much,

At your funeral that’s when I saw

just how many lives you touched

You teased, you laughed,

and you joked

It was the unsaid, the dreaded,

the unheard of that you always spoke.

You always told me

I was your boss,

How could I be?

When you were the one I respected the most.

St. Trouble,

Taken before your time,

It will be forever

Before you leave my mind..

(My Intellect is Loud And Noisy-MILAN)

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One thought on “Tears for Saint Trouble

  1. This is a piece I wrote for my late Uncle Sunkuta“Trouble” Manunga, who passed away in July last year (2011). He was the most entertaining, most vocal, and most enthralling man I knew. May His Soul Rest In Enternal Peace.

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