HOW TO CATER FOR LOST FEELINGS

BY Margueritte Mokgaetji Pitjeng [Mo], South African Currently in Veszprém Hungry I got this thing for you, I never lost it I crave for love like the Jones’ Yet I possess hammered windowsills up my walls “You can’t heal me” “I don’t wanna be saved” Although she still creeps up your window Hoping to find […]

KOKWANA

BY Margueritte Mokgaetji Pitjeng, South African Currently in Veszprém Hungry Who said flowers can’t drown in their own beauty? Is it not vanity and comparison which built perfect beauty? I remember passing by Vogue seeking some hope Eventually, it came, yet not in the way we sought after it That’s how flowers drowned in their […]

A PRECIOUS THIEF!

By Nimmo Anita, Kabete, Kenya How could you, You merciless thief, Leave me with nothing of my own, For all that I had, I showered it all on you.   Why don’t you get contented? With all that I have given you? You still come for more, Day by day without ceasing, And yet becoming […]

IN THE CONCRETE OF AFRICA: (WRITERS ARE MADE)

By Nasiru Wonder, Accra, Ghana My fears became tears My tears vanished among peers I had plenty and little of no awareness Keenly fused to God, As I sun the Earth Of all worth! In the greyhound of hardships; The trotros of Westernized Africans, My name is mocked. My name is cropped. Our name is […]

TUNNELS

BY Margueritte Mokgaetji Pitjeng, South African Currently in Veszprém Hungry What is darkness you ask? Darkness is how you hold a pen Within the confines of your fingers Trying to scribble down your first alphabet. Its how perfectly imperfect you seem, Although your skeletons have turned to ash It’s the hopelessness you carry after 50 […]

ALAMAJIRI (STOLEN BOYHOOD)

By Shehu Mubarak Suleiman, Kano, Nigeria I rise at aurora, to roam and wander, foraging for food and shade, predator, in search of a prey   a plate is enough, from the leftovers of supper, else I’d ransack your dustbins, for the remnants of yesterday   when the rains come, I’d have nowhere to go, […]

AND YOU THINK I’LL WAIT?

By Patrick Ngugi, Kabete, Kenya I must speak my mind ’Ven if with closed eyes To avoid her mesmerizing gaze Which weaken my shaky knees When she looks and smiles at me Yes! Today I must declare That I won’t hang on forever ‘Ven if my universe collapses   With the zeal of a buzzing […]

THESE GLASSES

By Rose Gathoni, Nairobi, Kenya I’ve always had a fetish for things in black My sincere apologies if wearing these tinted glasses makes you demented I am fully aware that the eyes are the windows to the soul But I don’t want you to keep searching for a soul mate in me In my eyes.. […]

AN AFRICAN WOMAN

By Reginard Bishoza, Kigoma, Tanzania It’s not yet 4:00 am, I an African woman Moving rekindling the fire from the overnight embers Inside the mud-walled hut, my husband coughing As the first birds are heard, he swings his legs over the bedside A bed made from a rough rope strung across a wooden frame. He […]

Farewell Mentors

By Abdulhamid Usman, Hadejia, Jigawa State, Nigeria My unlimited gratitude Towards the mugs of bright Who shine beyond a diamond And light my night.   Then, the brain was hungry run helter-skelter in angry searched its food with dowry But, satisfied in the mono night.   I’ll miss ‘ur heed and immolation For I can […]