The Octopus

The man held out his hand. The fingers were dirty, the nails encrusted. Zach had never held hands with a man before. He had...

Lost Language

Beneath a wall decked with jacked-up prices I sit before you, nursing my cappuccino. The clouds Scud sullenly on its surface, dark dust foreshadowing rain. Your face,...

Orion Walks Humble in the Desert

As I walk in the desert to find answers long lamented over, happy in my solitude, content with selective seclusion, it does not take long before...

Persistence of Memories

He painted the walls of his one bed palace with images of those who meant the most   A Sistine chapel of crude stick drawings and faded photographs of dear departed...

Somewhere In Nigeria

There are broken bottles of dreams Of boys and girls of tomorrow Carefully arranged in crates & coffins By marauding Fulani herdsmen.   Somewhere in Nigeria There are IDP's Suffering boredom From the...

A Wedding Song

Zainab called out louder the second time. But her young voice couldn’t drown the loudspeaker. Only the occasional thunder tamed that blaring music. Zainab...

Countless Gifts of Love

When the day came it seemed little had changed. The same buildings stood firm, accompanied by a couple of new teaching blocks that referenced...

The Man With The Pink Underwear

Anabel’s eyes widen when she sees me. She leaves the door open and disappears into the house, leaving me to drag my boxes in...

Men and Women

A man and a woman are spades, Two coins of a currency, And so when they asked me to choose, For I could only love one or...

Still Cooking

Tina stood at the kitchen counter, eyes fixed on the half-wilted arrowhead vine that her friend, Ayona, had brought with her when she’d moved...