A warm west wind
Brings the smell of nsima
To the red wall.
We painted the wall last summer,
Before the term began.
When we were finished-
Limbs ripe and ready to drop off-
We took up smoking,
(All agreeing that we could not have a red wall and not smoke)
And tried to tame the cat
From Number Nine, with a fish finger.
But the cat wouldn’t stay.
The sun was good to the red wall,
Kissing it regularly throughout September,
October, November, until December, then we all got
A chest infection and homesickness.