October 31, 2020

What happens when soul and spirit face a storm together? They meet pretence, doubt, fear, anger, grief, revulsion, and desperation. After a walk through the commotions, they get a reality of darkness obscuring them from light. In this divine walk, they may be gifted revelations of what truly matters. Sometimes, there are answers. Other times,…

July 24, 2021

Stone after stone he throws into the river,and the water rippling waves of laughter,to meet the tiny feet kissing the shoreline. I, his mother of three years watch in awethe sacred gift before me, my son, and a riverthat brings me each day a pebble from life. I swell into an ocean from praise,“Mama, are…

June 25, 2021

Bluebells are here, some loweringtheir necks downwards as if shyof admirers, of intruders, of critics.Some days, a writer feels this way. Some days, a writer feels this waylike bluebells stretching their necksupwards towards the arrival of summerwhere life is a meadow of wild ideas. Where life is a meadow of wild ideas,the joy of writing…

June 19, 2021

Father’s Day or any other dayI am here learning life, like ason, brother, uncle, father, or friend.And when I fail, please remembermy heart is still learning for you. When wars of life overthrow theemay you find peace from this revelation;I may not be your hero father of todaybut in you is the conqueror of the…

May 26, 2021

Beloved one at the rim to the other side.Today, I bring you my companionship with words,for I will never claim to know your journey to this point. Before we converse, I ask you to put away the rope,the rope you are holding so tight as a bridge away from this world. It is dark, and…

May 8, 2021

This poem is inspired by the photo above, which was taken in August 2020 while on holiday in Austria. DIRISHANI Aliyezoea shombo hafungui dirishakwake mnuko shobo ndiyo maisha.Roho yako sio mtumwa wa uchafuifungulie dirisha lake ya nuru takatifu.Anayekubeza kwa kauli zake uvundomwambie dirisha lako lina kali nondo.Wasifu wako bado unawaka chetezoninukisha waliomo ndani na pembezoni.Kuwa…

April 30, 2021

Today’s prompt challenges to write a poem in the form of a series of directions describing how a person should get to a particular place. It could be a real place, like your local park, or an imaginary or unreal place, like “the bottom of your heart,” or “where missing socks go.” Fill your poem…

April 1, 2021

Today’s prompt challenges to write a poem inspired by the animated version of “Seductive Fantasy” by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. After watching, I felt like I wasn’t belonging to the Animal Kingdom. I am from the Protista Kingdom that includes those eukaryotic organisms, not deemed to be animals, plants or fungi such as protozoa….

March 27, 2021

When evening comesand duty is done,the sky comes downwith a gratitude veilto carry home,he who has completed his joband teach a lesson to those he has led;that progress at homeis not without sacrificesand whatever our deeds,the evening exposesin the going of the sunlightwhat we took for granted. We mourn him,who has joined our ancestors:our lion…

March 25, 2021

Funeral customs in Tanzania and the kanga Kanga or khanga (pl. kangas/khangas) is a printed cotton fabric worn by women in East Africa, notably Tanzania and Kenya. It has many purposes and uses, as well as meaning. Kanga can be used to convey a message subtly. For some, it is a respectful cloth. Historically, when…

March 21, 2021

Poetry is one of the most beautiful and prolific ways in which one can express themselves in any dialect. Forests are one of the natural places where many poets have gone to seek ideas, silence, and solitude. Today, we’re marking International Day of Forests and World Poetry Day. Whether you’re celebrating or mourning, I hope reading,…