Blackaholic

There is an old Afrikaan proverb which says, no matter what a leopard does, he could never rid himself of his spots.   This is the story of a German lad. He resided in England for the first four years of his life, then his family had to move back to Germany. He made no […]

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White Noise

Don’t take this the wrong way but who do you think you are? You serenade me with a golden harp yet bind my hands and feet. You torture me, My screams fall on deaf ears You manipulated me in the times I trusted you. and judge my existence with every breath I expire. You delude yourself […]

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The Shrine

Her hips sway to the beat of the banjo Skylight filters through thatch roof The flicker of light on a solemn night A hue of blue shades her face Her pelvis wines In the center of the shrine.     The audience watch keenly Such mastery, Such art From a beautifully dangerous woman Like foreplay for […]

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No Man’s Land

We come from the same land dear brother, I trusted you unheedingly, We walked through the desert me, yearning for a new beginning.     Your skin like mine is dark your flag like mine is green I’m not a slave. But like the Portuguese pirates of the old world you’ve branded me, a cow and […]

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Follow the sun

7.38 AM The streets are crowded A glowing yellow ball seats at a vantage point, hiding behind rooftops. Ike tiddled his flute This early in the morning, he had to go the farm. He spent the first hour lying on his back, playing the instrument then he buckled his belt, and begun harvesting cassava. Other […]

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Limbo

A rose  petal withers, falling, floating to the ground, one after the next. A little boy watches and learns an Inexorably lesson; life is not a bed of roses.     Today a boy  is born, he cries, and jerks…. so he lives. If he doesn’t, he dies. Just like the rose. We survived, nonetheless, […]

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The tunnel

  We thought we could escape our troubles. We thought if we climbed the ladder fast enough, no one would stop us.   Across the bed from him, I sat. “I like you, I really do.” He blushed, licked his lips and placed a palm on my thigh. I liked that. I shut my eyes and […]

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Ode to a friend

With my eyes, I saw Orion sculpted jawline, strong chin Intelligent & prideful  we’d compete, and you’d make it to top three   I wasn’t fair to you,  just like he wasn’t fair to her  I’d been a bad friend my arrogance lead me to the point that even when you  were at your humblest, […]

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Element

Love is when you go along with her outlandish psyche Not because you’re gullible, Because you like how her brown eyes lit up So complacently when she has her way.     Love is a fragrance so subtle and unique It trails you, and it rewards you by revealing its depth to you To love […]

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Neither Here nor There: Nigeria

I want to go to Nigeria, where the sun stays high and proud beaming down as palm trees morph into shadows pasted across our faces and the evening breeze sweeps fine sand beneath your slippers as we saunter into a supermarket in search of palm wine and ice-cream. I want to go Nigeria where the […]

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