how did they miss
to tell her this one thing
that the distance between
her child bearing hips
would qualify as the abyss
of relentless accusations
of letting herself go and be
as undesirable as they claim she is
they’ve should sent honest speech
in tones unhidden
without codes and secrets
that the stretch of her bosom
that nurtures and feeds
would be a mat to wipe off jokes
about how undesirable they are to see
they should’ve said in simple terms
that this body of hers
in its shifts to accommodate
these gestational miracles
would be a playground of derisions
perhaps they should’ve clarified
that to tear the stitches of her back
to loosen her bones
to retch and heave
would be so offensive
then maybe she’d have
left it all untouched, unused
then all these bastards
with their louds mouths
wouldn’t have been born
in the first place
“I said, but I have to go, there are so many places calling my name.”
― Nikki Rowe
It’s hard to imagine anywhere close to Waiyaki Way being described as tranquil. Yet, just behind the forever busy highway, on the corner of the quiet Manyani E Road, is a tranquil restaurant. The Arbor, which recently moved from James Gichuru to its current place, is better, more open, and spaced out.
The entrance is marked by Aromatics Spa, and as you walk further down you find yourself surrounded by high, large trees and enwrapping peace. They now have a bar, which they didn’t have at the old place and around it is indoor seating, which is also new.
There’s a little play area for kids and you can sit close-by where you can keep an eye on them. Far down is an abundance of more trees and a spectacular view of Nairobi’s burst of greenery. A sunny day doesn’t go to waste here. You can enjoy a lovely meal and enjoy a breeze under the trees or kiss from the sun.
You can sit quietly by yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee, read or work. You can also get together with friends for a celebration, work meeting, whatever the occasion. The setting is organised well enough to give each table its privacy.
It’s pleasant, relaxing and a cool little place to escape to for some bit of calm.
The Arbor/Arbor Place, Aromatics Spa, 101 Manyani E Road, Nairobi