Poets' Thursday

Poets’ Thursday: Fiendship

Friends Like the tide Come and go Ne’er do they abide   Over hearts And minds They swell But do not dwell   Tarry long I pray thee But they pay no mind Looking on to the next wind   Plotting the next thrill Compasses leaning over keel Heart and hearth have they none Neither […]

A Year of Books

Book Review: An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids

April 2016 (4/12) An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids Literary Published by Random Struik (April 2014) 416 pages, hardback   Hi, guys. How was April? Good? This month, we’re looking at Nadia Davids’ AN IMPERFECT BLESSING. In 1993, South Africa is on the brink of political transformation. Fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood undergoes a transformation of her […]

Thia Adaugo

Dear 30-year old me

Hi Cynthia (or is it Adaugo now?), How are you? I hope you are genuinely happy? Did you find love with your ‘ideal’ guy? How ideal exactly is he? Are you married? Do you both have kids? Do you now have your Masters and PhD degrees, as we planned? I truly wish you have achieved […]

wounded soldier

The Wounded Soldier

Paul felt an arm lift his shoulder, and another beneath his feet. He knew he was slipping in and out of consciousness; as a med student, he knew the theory but had never experienced it. Until now. He tried to move, to stand up, to ask what was happening to him, but all his efforts […]

UNFORGIVEN – THE END

The dial tone came on as Ethel anticipated and she waited to hear her voice. Sheila. A name that would have been perfect for her daughter. “Hi Daddy!” Sheila’s voice was young and strong. “Hi Sheila. This isn’t your…daddy. This is…” “Please no. I beg you. Don’t do this, please,” Charles was begging, unashamed. It was […]

UNFORGIVEN XI

…continued from UNFORGIVEN X She needed to convince him that she was for real. She gave him a demure smile as she let him in; he perused her body with hungry lust and didn’t say a word as he made a dive for her and began to kiss her. And for the first time ever, […]

UNFORGIVEN X

…continued from UNFORGIVEN IX “What does this mean? Why would she have written this report? Are you saying she…” the import of what he was about to imply hit Ethel with a wave and she stumbled. “Eth, you okay?” Amaka asked. “No. No I’m not. That bastard had the guts to take me to the […]

UNFORGIVEN IX

…continued from UNFORGIVEN VIII She told how she’d met Charles, in a night club on the day she turned twenty-two. Her ‘friends’ had taken her out to celebrate and she and Charles had hit it off almost instantly. He had been wearing his wedding ring that night, which was unusual and yet that was what […]

UNFORGIVEN VIII

…continued from Unforgiven VII “What on earth are you talking about Amaka?” the bewildered expression on Ethel’s face couldn’t be faked. “You know how you promised to talk about Charles Umoh before you ran out on me that day?” Amaka was glowering at her. Ethel nodded slowly, “I’m sorry about that Amy. I just…I guess […]