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Departure

The inexpressible angst that grips and knots my stomach tight The emptiness that settles in The sharp forked pain in my chest I get anxious when the sun is setting My whole self on pins and needles when the sun departs from the sky Ripping of my heart to a...

July

Lost in July cold with a stranger in a strange café The chill rises and leaves from feet up to the hairs at the nape- as a spirit leaves the body. Cold with a stranger across the café table. Warm smile, Flushes of emotions Curling up like the mimosa Ripples of cold...

Belonging Everywhere

I sink my feet in my mother’s compound Warm wet and oil black soil sips in between my toes I say to myself, ‘she carried the soil of her mother’s land.’ The soil of fertility The one that blooms flowers in August heat. Oil black soil, that grows crops in...

I Will Wait for Thunder

The nights get anxious when they think of me. The days await dusk for a momentous sigh of relief The cold gets chills when I speak, when I whisper. I want to break into a monologue, maybe a hum, maybe a wail And tell my secrets. I want to...

Ironies In History

Once the freedom fighters have been hanged as the oppressors, And the resistance fighters have been exiled, Once the taxpayers have been enslaved, And photos of the natives have been archived and others used to decorate the museum walls- As the last trace of black skin As the last memories...

Part I Requiem_When All This Is Over

When all this is over I will remember the distance and the silence between two - long like a ribbon of gloom. I will remember the around the world journeys I took Yet the most terrifying of them all - descending deep into my heart and the...

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