A conversation due

By Rehema (unedited) As I sit on my bed, my body is in repose but not quite in repose because beneath my skin, my muscles are tensed up, anxiety keeps building ulcers in the pits of my stomach whilst in the inner recesses of my heart I become oppressed not by apprehension or fear but […]

The Confession

By Rehema When I pick up my phone and receive the call, my father speaks in a voice I have not heard from him before. His tone sees a tinge of authority on his attitude, mild but evident and it’s heat has me rapidly gulping the pint of Glen I was enjoying. I imagine he […]

Beneath Sorrow

I wonder what they will put on my gravestone. I wonder what name would go on my epitaph but I can affirm one that would not and that is “mother.” For this responsibility can only be determined by another person who decides on how you will be remembered. Thus, when this letter reaches your hands […]

Nuru

By Sifa Remmy “With regard to the murder of Fadhil Nuru the court suspends your sentence.With regard to the murder of Wema Nuru the court suspends your sentence.With regard to the possession of illegal firearm,” Judge Imani now shifts her gaze towards me.”The court hereby sentences you to a minimum of five years imprisonment.” I […]

Broken Rosary

By Sifa Remmy Mama has always been overly pious and heeding to her call meant prayers from different men of cloth of various sects.Well,If such meant to put a smile on her face or grant her good health then so be it.Hence, when mama calls ,each one of us is forced to board the next […]

Short-lived

Unedited I knew he was special from the moment we met,that this was different from what I was accustomed to.It was at the park where I sat with my feelings on one of those evenings when the cause of my blues was not something new anywhere around a solution yet.I wanted to depart for any […]

This is my penance

Unedited He was everything to me and that’s what scared me the most. My entire existence revolved around him.I had fallen in love with what he represented ,so I thought but this pain sensation constricting my throat refutes the idea.I leave the premises.I stumble on the backseat of the taxi .My chest heaving up and […]

Drowning Within

Unedited I step into the bathroom and shut the door right behind me.I undress myself and notice the mirror infront of me.I don’t want to look at my reflection because I can see me with my own eyes.These are my wounds.The wounds that are healing,the ones that are forming scabs,those that have healed but are […]

Living Memories

Unedited Everything was done according to her last will inclusive of how her burial rites and funeral arrangement would be conducted.I couldn’t help but wonder how Norah was so organized even at her deathbed.I remember how she kept insisting that her earlier funeral preparation will help a great deal. She even went ahead to tell […]

The Untold Voices

Unedited I stayed teary as I continued to shove my head in my pillow because he touched me one too many times and yet he continues to do so even in my mental state. I was about sixteen going on seventeen and the physical pain was less compared to how my mind hurt.I try to […]