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Poetry review: Washed Away by Shiksha Dheda

i was recently introduced to the Poetry of Shiksha Dheda, who i stumbled upon on the Twitterer. She graciously offered to send me a copy of her book, 'Washed away' and i offered to share a little bit of her story here. Her poetry is definitely worth a look and i hope a number of you will buy her book, which is available online. But first let me allow Shiksha to introduce herself to [...]

Paper Trail Poetry Slam – Youth Day 2022

One of my favourite people on the Twitterer [and i do have a lot, but this one stands out] is my friend Ekta Somera. She is both an exceptional talent who has released a book called 'Made in Poetry' which i reviewed over here, and a second book, Twenty-Two, which i am still to get my hands on. But also finds the time to design, collaborate on and release The Paper Trail Literary Journal, [...]

Poem: We build a country

This morning i got a little inspired and wrote a poem on the Twitterer that goes a little something like this: WE BUILD A COUNTRY we build a country not by voting or protesting or even trying to hold leadership accountable although all of those might be important and deeply necessary rather we build a country by showing up actively loving our neighbour (All of them!) building bridges and longer tables!   =   [...]

Book review: Made in Poetry – Meet Ekta Somer

The first time i met Ekta Somera was on the Twitterer [as @madeinpoetry]. The second time was in a mall in the Chatsworth Centre Mall after she had just been finished being interviewed for Sunrise FM radio.Ekta very wisely brought her dad with her [cos you never know with meeting strange old white men who you connected to on the internet]... and i brought my mate Dreadlock Mike [cos you never know with meeting strange [...]

Poem: Erection time

Electoral quicksand Dragging me under So slowly it is barely noticeable Political tricks and Hypnotic suggestion that only Two paths lead safely away One that has been walked on For years and does well (for everyone who possesses shoes) - - While the sharts of class Continue to slice the defeat Of those whose homes Have just been repossessed to the back of yet another Public Protector vehicle To ensure they sea this point [...]

On being Different and why that should be okay

Some thoughts about being different: It is okay to be different. After all, we all are.  i have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks doing a lot of self-reflection. The in-your-face realities of a deadly worldwide pandemic, my dad about to turn 80 [this Saturday], hearing of a new colleague on a board i just joined losing his life in a car accident, are all things which can make you [...]

Bernie memes part II

You'd think after a week of Epic Bernie memes that we would be all Bernie'd out... But there were SO MANY of them and so many of them were SO GOOD that every day i am discovering some more that feel like they should jump into my Top 3 and with one or two exceptions, it's not wise to say 'My Best Berne Meme' because you know five minutes later it will be replaced. [...]

By |2021-01-24T11:02:49+02:00Jan 24th, 2021|Creative Vibes, fun, poems and other creativity|0 Comments

Poem: I don’t see race

I don't see race, but I feel it Crawling down my skin As the glance declares I'm sin I don't see race, but I fear it Coming for me in the middle of the night Armed with the sharp unforgiving Edges of the questions aimed at me Asking how I managed to keep my Head buried in the sand for so long While those on the surface Were the ones suffocating for lack of [...]

Poem: A silence of stones

i was the casual victim of a stoning today...   started innocently enough with one elder tossing an underhanded pebble defensively at me which i might have easily been able to brush off and go about my day as if nothing significant had happened...   but then a single solitary rock came flying silently almost out of nowhere taking me quite by surprise knocking me off my feet and  wounding me quite significantly (if [...]

By |2020-11-12T17:12:58+02:00Nov 12th, 2020|poems and other creativity|0 Comments
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