November 30, 2014

The Advent wreath is part of Catholic tradition. You will see it as a ready-made ensemble or in the form of do-it-yourself (DIY) accessories in shops from around mid-November. The wreath is made with sprigs of evergreens and four candles. The four candles symbolises the four weeks of Advent. The candles will be lighted on…

November 19, 2014

I was acquainted with shamrocks when a little girl. The sweet sour taste didn’t convince me it was something delicious, especially when it was given to me as a wound remedy. Whenever I suffered from mouth ulcers, my grandmother (RIP) squeezed shamrock leaves on her palm until soft. She then put the soft mix in…

November 18, 2014

This poem was first published by Naturewriting.com A frisky Monday gleamed in the sun. The trees swayed to melodic wind chimes. The leaves rich of golden moments. Summer waved in rich saffron hues. We wriggled on grand fall tapestry. © Gloria D. Gonsalves

November 4, 2014

RIP, dearest cousin Amani Kweka We crumbled as you slipped by leaving a trail of doting memories. A son passed away yesterday night. If November was to delay this tragedy I would bribe it with dozen of poppies. But, consolation is God’s instrument. Raindrops drumming on the roof an orchestra of heavenly reception. He dwells…

October 20, 2014

I am so delighted to be a published poet for When Women Waken: A Journal of Poetry, Prose and Images. This online literary journal publishes fresh voices and art in English from around the world. Every spring, summer and fall/winter they provide a theme, whereby potential contributors may submit pictures or images of art, short…

October 14, 2014

* Julius Kambarage Nyerere also referred to as Baba wa Taifa (Father of the Nation) was Tanzania’s first president. He died on 14 October 1999, aged 77. Today Tanzanians commemorate 15 years since the death of the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. I have decided to honour this day through a letter.   14 October 2014…

October 5, 2014

World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) maiden celebration was on Saturday, 4 October 2014. Together with the Tanzanian poet and founder of Arusha Poetry Club (APC), Mr. George Kyomushula, we organised an event for children in Arusha, Tanzania. I could not make it to Arusha and therefore an audio salutation–in my mother tongue Swahili–to the children…

October 3, 2014

I want you in all vibrancy of October to end my dull miseries. I want you in all shapes of leaves to end my bloomy miseries. I want you in all hues of gold to end my grand miseries. I want you in all mellows of berries to end my bland miseries. I want you…

September 26, 2014

You are fuming over something. You see an argument coming. Wendell Berry is indeed right, “Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.” The day turned berrier and nobody lost their rounded pride.