April 30, 2022

Today’s prompt challenges to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. I wrote two poems imitating the style of the table of contents but the format is not to perfection due to time constraints. Also, the chosen format is not phone friendly, use a computer…

April 23, 2022

On Wednesday, 23 March 2022, Parenting Consultant and Educator Justine Kakoko represented children’s author Gloria D. Gonsalves at the handover ceremony of copies of the donated book Jai Albino Cow / Jai Ng’ombe Zeruzeru to the Tanzania Library Service Board (TLSB) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event took place at the children’s department in…

March 16, 2022

An ekphrastic poem and an illustration prompted by a heart-shaped wall art with birds. The poem is about a heart witnessing the war from afar. My heart, I dare you to sing forgiveness again.The birds in your chambers no longer tweet.War is here and has your singing mornings stolen.All you have now are the invasive…

January 17, 2022

As I am writing this, it is exactly ten days since the passing of the Tanzanian veteran journalist Gabriel Pereira Mgaya, known as Gabby Mgaya. I was recently in Tanzania, an exciting time, to see my family after two years. I would have called Mr. Mgaya (in Tanzania, we do not address our elders by…

December 11, 2021

By Corona Kimaro Cermak Jai the albino cow is a beautiful story. Why did you decide to write about albinism?The original idea, as is in my morgue file, was neither African nor about albinism. The idea to write about a cow protagonist came to me while on a nature holiday in Austria, after a calf…

November 2, 2021

The NYC Big Book Award recognized Jai the Albino Cow: Jai Ng’ombe Zeruzeru in the category of Multicultural Fiction as a distinguished favorite. Title: Jai the Albino Cow: Jai Ng’ombe ZeruzeruAuthor: Gloria D. GonsalvesIllustrator: Nikki Ng’ombeReading age: Baby – 12 yearsGrade level: Kindergarten – 6Language: bilingual (English and Kiswahili) Can an albino cow possess abilities…

October 8, 2021

For Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Grieving, they say, is the cousinof loneliness, bonded throughcloseness or distant blood.You left my body the same way.Slipped away silently, as far kinof my clan, and yet closer for Istill, feel the knives cutting throughthe womb where I had you alive. Our conversation was one-sided,but I knew you…

October 1, 2021

Danloria ist ein Wald, der in den sieben Hügeln Germanias liegt. Nicht alle, die in Germania leben, wissen von ihm. Karl ist ein kleiner Junge, der Waldspaziergänge mit seinem Vater liebt. Eines Tages ist sein Vater krank und so wird Karl vom weisen Farn zum ersten Mal allein in den Wald geführt. Dieses Abenteuer besiegelt…

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…