Month: June 2014

Poetry, Tale Africa

Woman, You Beauty!

By Kgomotso J Kgopa, South Africa: She holds the blade on its sharpest tip! Woman the matriarch! So soft and fragile on the outside Yet so tough like a Lonsdaleite stone on the inside Her stories and sufferings are often untold! Early she rises before the sun Her children know her and call her by name! Her descendants feel her […]

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Series, The Recruits

The Recruits: A Night Out

By Tafadzwa Razemba, Zimbabwe: Sitting at a table on the balcony at St Elmo's, Taku looked at Simba, trying to understand what happened at Creamy Inn. “Why did you do that, Simba? Michelle really likes him.” Taku said to Simba. “Actually at first I thought Stephen knew, and I didn't understand why he'd go out with a prostitute. Then when […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Dance is poetry

By Kgomotso J Kgopa, South Africa: The paper is my stage On every page I dance I, the pen of INKredible substance The four corners of the stage Are my literal cardinals Where across the four corners of the earth My tales are written and narrated To both the young and of great age My neat sounds as I moonwalk […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Reality in SA Society

By Kgomotso J Kgopa, South Africa: Formed and born, From a womb of life, meaning and reason. Setting foot on dirt, Beginning walks of life Life, in contrast-very vivid Not at all insipid Life innocent, mind unsaturated Conscious undiluted with marginal difference between right and wrong. Here I am Here Stand Talking strides of inner growth but barely making it […]

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Series, The Recruits

The Recruits: She is a Prostitute!

By Tafadzwa Razemba, Zimbabwe: There was a strange pull that internet chat rooms had on Stewie. Chat rooms were like a gateway drug for him. At first out of curiosity he just wanted to talk, then it led to talking about more taboo topics, then it led to meeting the people he chatted with, then doing taboo things with the […]

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Reflections

The European Volunteer

By Zdena Middernacht, Zimbabwe: I was sixteen years old when I came to Belgium for the first time. I lived here for a year and went to school in the French speaking part of the country, in a little town called Nivelles. That was probably the best year of my teenage life. When I look back at it I remember […]

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Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (21)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: So everyone has accused women of all sorts of trouble. Drama queens, weaker sex, yada yada. No one ever accuses men of anything. Big headedness definitely isn't an accusation. So there I was minding my business when Mister decided to piss me off yet again. I mean you must be really dim to mess the same […]

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Memoirs of a Loverman, Series

Memoirs of a Loverman: Entry 2

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: People have a lot of names for what I am. Labels like psycho and madman are thrown around in description of people who indulge themselves and their needs. Society quite simply does not understand the difference between the average individual and someone like me. They misconceive every single aspect of it; they believe I am driven […]

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Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (20)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: Okay so you know how you have this ideal person in your head and keep telling yourself they are the one and you deserve it? Well that's just plain wrong. See you draw up characteristics you think you have then go on looking out for that person and pushing away everyone else. Truth is you have […]

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