Poetry

For those who pray fervently and silently

June 24, 2018

Rain serves as an answer. It is spiritual every time because we all feel connected to water. If you seek a transition, rain will fall. It is like the clouds cannot take it anymore and so they let go. You’re in so much pain and you cannot take it anymore so you let tears go. […]

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Actualization projection II (Knowing better)

June 10, 2018

I struggle with forgiving myself For sexually assaulting women in the past Without even knowing that I had sexually assaulted them I dont know if they have forgotten or will forget And sometimes it prevents me from sleeping at night. I treat women as best as I can And stay as far away from them […]

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Deep Sleep: By Ikechi Ochulo

May 30, 2018

Sleeping beauty Sleep on my Beauty In sleep is a beauty But in deep sleep is the death   Death The last link on the cycle of life The kink in the chain of happiness The chink in every man’s armour   Your hands are colder than Winter Making warm summer streams flow Down the […]

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Read this, I wrote it with you in mind.

April 26, 2018

Read this on your bed,  Squint at the text, and then Reach back and fetch your glasses so you can see all the words clearly.  Smile when you read this because it’s a good day. A good day to love  A good day to reconnect.  The past is the past now  If it was so important there […]

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Planet couplets.

April 25, 2018

Some days I am the sun And you, my planet. I dance all over you in the day And fly over the moon for you at night Making everything that has life in you Rejuvenate and get more life In honour of you, in truth And in spirit. Some days you are the sun And […]

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Burials

April 5, 2018

The women eyes are red-rimmed And their bodies heave silently like a chill in the night. Some men are six feet deep, and still digging to make sure While the rest wait patiently for when it is time for the pine box. They said men don’t cry We don’t know who claimed so but It […]

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Love is a whole house

April 5, 2018

Love is a whole house, A safe place to stay in the world.   It comes in a perfect living condition But as you go on living in it and enjoying the roof over our head Parts of it falls off A rift here, a brick there Some splits Because nobody is perfect.   It […]

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An ode to She

April 5, 2018

She held him close to her finery, Her bosom. Her breath on his face was soft and slow But her heart was racing into his ear aptly placed. Her mind was  solely on his form, The most on her, the rest Stretched out in front. She inhaled his perfume, stroked his hair, smooth his clothes Spoke […]

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The opposite of everything

April 5, 2018

I am not killing myself for fun I am dying slowly to cope The lucky ones aren’t breathing at all At least not through corrupted lungs Weak body, demotivated spirit Aching gums and a broken heart And if you still have feelings you are the unlucky one.

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A Stranger at Dawn | By Asma’u Shaheedah

March 16, 2018

Unfamiliar, like a mother in-law’s kitchen You were a stranger from the day we met. We built bridges to cross between worlds That fared better, apart. We never could, make our way Through an emotional maze Lost in our daze We tried to make haste Professed love when the eyes that looked back Twinkled death stars […]

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Sister sister by Uche Umeukeje

February 18, 2018

 I think of her every day, pink toes, bright eyes, white little teeth and skin softer than pancake batter. Everyone who had caught a glimpse of what my sister looked like seemed to love her even before they met her. She was born in time; just when the bent backs were beginning to break out […]

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The Sinister Appearance by Gibret ifedi

February 9, 2018

It was the first Saturday after our holy matrimony, and Marilyn and I were at home. We had both taking leave from work, a popular custom among newlyweds. Her head was covered neatly in a pink turban, which she laid against my lap, and she jerked whenever I screamed at the footballers playing codswallop on […]

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23 by Nana Prempeh

February 3, 2018

Few days after our first encounter I was summoned into her office. She had previously given me a copy of “Courtesy for Boys & Girls” with the instruction that I read and memorized it. I was ready for her. I don’t remember a single thing from that book today but I was ready for her […]

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STORY NUMBER 4 by Elizabeth Johnson – Winner of The Random Thoughts Prize in Creative Fiction

January 15, 2018

This week on The Random Thoughts features a story by Elizabeth Johnson who won our Writing Competition with a simplistic, vivid twist on sisterhood.  Read her interview and then the story: 1.You have had a while to reflect on the win, what does it mean to you? The win just comes to show that if […]

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