They are Just Flowers

They are just flowers swinging in the wind
Heads up and smiling to the warm summer sun.
All those red rosy lips will one day wither
Their sepals full of seed and ready to yield;
Their stalks ready to buckle over to their knees
When nature calls them – come calmly home.

They are just flowers growing in the summer garden
Waiting for the harsh dry season around the corner
Their eyes twinkling like southern winter stars;
Their cheeks rotund like the west coast of Africa;
Their teeth flash summer streaks of lightning.
They are just flowers ready to be handed away.

They are just flowers dressing the world in carnations
So bright it would seem the world is forever at peace.
Their thin laughter tingles ears and makes them prick
They sway and titter in the wind fawning to all;
Their perfumes filter through empty spaces of despair
For they are just flowers, placebos of distresses.

EARTHINIC CLEANSINGThe clogged veins of the strangled EarthChugging with the poisonous effluent of civilisationWere finally constricted like the sewer of an ancient city.The once clear blue skies have been smoked blackBy those tall factory chimneys and trailing car exhaust pipesAs the briefcase tugging businessman makes his way to the bank.What glory has that brought him now that he has imprisoned himself.Then He said: I will give you corona(virus) for what you have done.The glory that comes with it will remind you to be responsible people.Who did not take notice of the utterances from His mouth then?But then, is it Him or the one with horns who brought this to us?Its time to know where you belong or face the wrath of nature.


Am I lost in this tunnel of light
Where the roads lead to nowhere?
Can I find myself as I plod radar-less
In this confused maze of a life
Where I live life without an eraser?
But while the sun thrusts its spears
Through the tree boughs onto my path
I shall strive to thrive.

Many years ago on this day

It all started with a bottle of red wine between us
She looked into my eyes and I saw fire in hers
The coals of love were burning inside us
The red wine was fueling our hearts
The language of love needed no words
All that was needed was our passionate hearts
And the rest was love

Hang on to your fate

At the end there’s a beginning

Something to look forward to.

So despair won’t repair your broken dream

Only hope and determination does.

When all seems dreary and dreadful

When nothing seems to change your fate

Then hang on to your fate before it’s too late.

Faith in Flames

Biting needles of winter
Sticking their spines into my goose bumps
Stood to attention
Drawing my affection for the flames
Licking dry the air around.
The message was writ in the fiery flames
From them faith I drew
As the streams of warmed blood
Wormed through my body.


She wakes up early in the morning and works like a mother
Which she is not but only a child.
She has to clean the house as if it belongs to her
But it doesn’t, she’s only living there.
She has to cook to feed her siblings
But what to cook is the big question.
Perhaps she must cook the questions
Fry them until they become the answers to her poverty.
Children should never be poor
After all they inherit poverty from poor parents.
But then, like an angry cobra another question raises its head:
What can the child do if born by poor parents?
Her parents chose each other
But then she couldn’t choose her parents
The conundrum of life keeps her canned in poverty.
She was born in poverty to inherit poverty.

To the aborted

I know it wasn’t your wish:
that you should go before you arrived,
close your eyes before you opened them,
that you should never see this beautiful world,
that you should die before you even lived a life.
That’s why I know it was not your wish
and I’m sure you would have loved living.

They plotted against you in their laboratories
amassing tomes of knowledge about who you are.
They studied you and all the ways of killing you
as if you are not a product of their hot loins.
Then they came up with laws to justify this.
You, lifeless, nameless, faceless stranger.

Who knows you’re going to be doctors
or lawyers, or scientists to find the HIV cure?
Yet, they didn’t want to be bothered by you for
they give limping excuses for your elimination
as if they didn’t know you would certainly sprout
after their pleasure dances are over … or whatever.

This journey

This journey has been too long:
We’ve trudged through endless corridors of darkness
Trying to find ourselves in the maze of our lives.
Our shadows we thought we’d left behind
But come the pale morning moonlight,
On our heels our shadows trotted like faithful dogs.

This life time journey is very long:
Our legs have become stumps of history
That remain jutting out on the road
So we can hit our toes and like drunks, stumble
As we trudge besides the shadows in the darkness.

This journey will be very long:
Our minds will be ransacked
By those in search of our conscience
For it is there that we’ll build our homes
So that we may nurse back our lost memories
And make peace with our dogging doppelgangers
Before we come to terms with our real selves.

That wintry autumn night

On a wintry autumn evening in ‘64
When the air was thick with teargas
and heavy boots thudded in the streets
did we not all huddle together
Mother, brother and little sister
tending a crackling fire (or
was the fire not tending us)
as we exchanged terrified flame-lit smiles
while cracking groundnuts for dinner?

Did we not wait anxiously
that wintry autumn evening
while needles of the cold wind
punctured our scantily clothed backs and
our ears pricked for a gentle knock
which would mean our father was back?

Before that wintry autumn night,
had we not heard of the happy returns
of other fathers of other children
with whom our father had been arrested
while we held that un-announced wake
for a father we were unlikely to see again?

After that wintry autumn evening
when father did not come back with the others
and we huddled by the crackling fire
like chicks harassed by a marauding hawk
while Mother did what she could to comfort us,
did we not know that the future was futile
without the man who we had known all our lives?