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One Fine Day

One Fine Day

One fine day I shall walk with my head held high My back ever so straight My strides long and purposeful One fine day As I take my walk My hips will swing from left to right With absolutely no thought of cellulite My breasts will have a dose of sanity And disobey the laws […]

The Moment (Barack Hussain Obama’s Inauguration)

The Moment (Barack Hussain Obama’s Inauguration)

The moment of Obama’s inauguration Was a fluke of fate written for the nation It was a moment to be cherished For all citizens including the perished It was a moment that brought glory For abandoning the discriminatory It was a moment that scribbled in history And will be every child’s bed-time story It was […]

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for World Poetry Day 2016

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for World Poetry Day 2016

Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago, wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that: “The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven. And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation […]

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and […]

Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou

Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like […]

Jolademi

Jolademi

He creeps into my bedroom when the night is most alive. Unafraid, he feels for the walls that will bring him to my door. It has been four years since I spat him from a lip in my womb. Yet every night, he crawls back in. The first light pries through the curtains. He kisses […]

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m […]

“A Falling”

“A Falling”

A thud and a Yellowy presence. Before that It was the gentle wave and weight of the wind That brought you. We are not talking gold here: Liquid yet self-assured and tough Tactile and malleable Restless, rust-less, regal, Forever found, never lost. My Sister, it’s about yellow. Modest, organic, Soft as the music that played […]

“I Want You to Know”

“I Want You to Know”

Micere Mugo is a Kenyan scholar, playwright and activist.   I want you to know how carefully I watered the tender shoots you planted in my little garden. Flowers now adorn the ground the fruits are ripe Come bring a strongly woven basket and bring with you also the finest palm wine that your expert […]