Children and Childhood

An apple far from the tree For me, recounting my childhood is a difficult path to travel on. I am speedily losing my memory at 86, and going back to when i was like 8 or 6, would be like asking me of...

8 Silver Herrings

Speechless I watched him walk into the restaurant, looking like an angel that just popped out of heaven. And in that instant, every sense of reasoning I had evaporated from me. Something kept...

Abuse

Restrictions. For the first time since I could remember, I took note of all the signs on the walls: “Please keep noise to a minimum,” “Please respect your neighbor,” “Eating is prohibited,” and...

Regret

Derailed dreams Drip! Drip! Drip! The tap trickled. And its sound echoed into the dead of the night. I laid motionless on my bed, unwilling to put an end to that miserable sound. Like a field...

I Found Where God Is Hiding

God is master in playing hide and seek; but I have found the place where God is hiding, and it is not above the stars like the Sunday school teacher said, neither is it beneath the light-less...

Count Your Blessings

From the time I was born, my mother said I was a bright sun. Father said I shine whenever darkness covered their roof, and for that cause he decided to own a gemstone. Later in life, that gemstone...

The Hate You Give

The enemy of my friend should be my enemy right? This is how the phrase goes. We end up making an enemy of someone who doesn’t trouble our existence. Some forms of loyalty should have a...

Grandma’s perfume.

At one time, it was gentle scrubs, Hot water baths with palm kernel soap, Then came massage with kernel oil Accompanied by lullabies from heaven’s gate. Blissful moments found not with me...

Questions I Never Asked

Before the sun sets in the evening Before the morning dew, I sit to wonder Why we have umbrellas and still get beat By rain that our brooms can not sweep. Why some have eyes that can not see With...

Hieroglyphic Silence

On sacred scrolls of secrecy, Sworn to self to hold silence dear, This alien language of peace and quiet Devours and stings my very own ear What is this silence you utter? Why do I hear your voice in...