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31 May 2017 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: A PAINTED INSPIRATION FROM THE PALM-FRINGED BEACHES by SALMA ABDULATIF   BOOK: A PAINTED INSPIRATION FROM THE PALM-FRINGED BEACHES AUTHOR: SALMA  ABDULATIF GENRE: Inspiration ISBN: 978-9966-103-87-1 FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2017 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd LANGUAGE: English   A painted Inspiration carries everything displayed on its title. This book lives to its name. The beauty with reading this genre is that there is no way you will get to the last page frowning....

16 May 2017 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: BACHELORETTE DIARIES- MUSINGS OF A BACHELORETTE BOOK: Bachelorette Diaries-Musings of a Bachelorette AUTHOR: Elove Poetry GENRE: Fiction ISBN-13: 978-1507618479 ISBN-10: 1507618476 FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2015 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd LANGUAGE: English I must admit that diaries have the most confidential information about their owners. People note down in detail their daily experiences and encounters in their diaries. This is one of the reasons diaries are kept...

24 February 2017 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL III by VINCENT DE PAUL   BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol III AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul GENRE: Flash Fiction ISBN: 978-9966-100-06-1 FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2017 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd LANGUAGE: English Flash fiction! And this is even better as we have already had a taste of what the author has produced in his previous books. This very thought provoking and entertaining book is a collection of short stories which leave the reader wishing for more....

31 January 2017 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW:BEYOND by FAMOUS ISAACS BOOK: Beyond AUTHOR: Famous Isaacs Genre: Micro-Poetry ISBN-13:  978-1518684838 ISBN-10: 1518684831 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2015 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers LANGUAGE: English   Famous Isaacs is a Nigerian blogger, film maker, novelist and professional photographer who *specializes in documentary shooting, weddings and making portraits. He has authored another poetry book, “One Day In The Falling Light Of Dusk”. The book was published in 2013. In this book, the...

10 December 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: THRILLS AND CHILLS by BONIFACE SAGINI   BOOK: Thrills & Chills AUTHOR: Boniface Sagini GENRE: Non Fiction ISBN 10: 1540529177 ISBN 13: 978-1540529176 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2016 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) LTD LANGUAGE: English Boniface Sagini shares his story during his formative years. Born in Kisii, a county in the western side of Kenya, he was a bright kid. He started his primary school education at age four, that is not a common thing. He was a sharp...

15 November 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: HOLY CRIMES- A COLLECTION OF LOVE POEMS by ELOVE POETRY & VINCENT DE PAUL   BOOK: Holy Crimes- A Collection Of Love Poems AUTHOR: Elove Poetry & Vincent De Paul GENRE: Poetry ISBN 10: 1500583456 ISBN 13: 978-1500583453 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2014 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) LTD LANGUAGE: English   Let’s talk poetry, shall we? I love poetry! I love me some good words which flow rhythmically, and phrases which make me grin in pleasure, for there’s nothing in this world...

15 October 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 4b; PASSING  by NELLA LARSEN   BOOK: Passing AUTHOR: Nella Larsen GENRE: Tragedy eISBN: 978-0-307-43158-5 FIRST PUBLISHED: 1929 PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf LANGUAGE: English The book starts with Irene Redfield receiving a letter from her old friend, Clare. She is in Chicago and would love to meet Irene. Irene and Claire had lived in the same neighborhood in Harlem when young, until Clare’s father passed away. She was then taken to go live with her relatives. For years...

13 October 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 3b; ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by ERICH MARIA REMARQUE   BOOK: All Quiet On The Western Front AUTHOR: Erich Maria Remarque GENRE: Historical Fiction/War Novel ISBN 10: 0449213943 ISBN-13: 978-0449213940 FIRST PUBLISHED: 1929 by Ullstein Verlag PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books Reissue edition (March 12, 1987) LANGUAGE: Translated from German to English by A. W. Wheen   The book is set during World War I. This distressing story is narrated in first person until the...

12 October 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 2b; AFTER THE QUAKE by HARUKI MURAKAMI   BOOK: After The Quake AUTHOR: Haruki Murakami GENRE: Short Stories eISBN: 978-0-307-42464-8 FIRST PUBLISHED :2000 PUBLISHER: First Published by Kami no kodomo-tachi wa mina odoru LANGUAGE: Translated from Japanese to English by Jay Rubin     The book is a collection of six stories all set after the Kobe earthquake hit Japan in 1995. It was a deadly, claimed thousands of lives. In the first story, we are introduced to Komura. He...

11 October 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 1b;  THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by ERNEST HEMINGWAY BOOK: The Old Man And The Sea AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway GENRE: Literary Fiction/Classic ISBN 10: 0684801221 ISBN-13: 978-0684801223   FIRST PUBLISHED : 1952 PUBLISHER: Charles Scribner’s Sons LANGUAGE: English     I’m having the second part of this fun activity; Book Marathon. Yay! I’ll be reading seven short books and posting the summaries/reviews on this blog in seven days. I did this earlier this year and I enjoyed...

16 September 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL II by VINCENT DE PAUL   BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol II AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul GENRE: Flash Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1503277717  ISBN 10: 1503277712 FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2014 FIRST PRINTED : 2015 REPRINTED: 2016 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (Kenya) Ltd LANGUAGE: English     A month ago I reviewed Vol I of the “Flashes of Vice” Book series. It was a fantastic read. Vol II is nothing less than stirring. The author once again has highlighted the ills in the...

09 September 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE   BOOK: We Should All Be feminists AUTHOR: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie GENRE: Non Fiction/Essay ISBN : 9780008115289 FIRST PUBLISHED : 2014 PUBLISHER: Vintage Books LANGUAGE: English   Feminism. This is a subject that is often misunderstood. Vocal feminists are sometimes mocked and teased, and called all manner of names by folks who don’t get the concept behind feminism. Feminists advocate for women empowerment. They are...

31 August 2016 » Lighten Up

DESPAIR, COLD HEART, SOLITUDE DESPAIR I Started slow, future looked auspicious, Had read some philosophy, that of Confucius, Read others too. Gave me wit, more acumen, As I set my feet out, to go interact with men, I carried all the optimism required. To be a mentor, an idol, I had aspired, But life came at me in a different way, and crashed my being. All I harbor now is despair, this as I review my fleeing. Holding still, jaded mind, about to give up, All I think of is taking a walk, or a...

26 August 2016 » Lighten Up

  BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL I by VINCENT DE PAUL   BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol I AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul GENRE: Flash Fiction ISBN 13: 978-1490332505 ISBN 10: 1490332502 FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2014 FIRST PRINTING: Kenya, 2016 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd LANGUAGE: English   Another epic piece of literature from the very adept author of  TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man. The book is a collection of short stories which apart from being interesting, play a huge role in revealing the...

22 July 2016 » Lighten Up

  BOOK REVIEW: QUITE EARLY ONE MORNING by DYLAN THOMAS   BOOK: Quite Early One Morning AUTHOR: Dylan Thomas GENRE: Poetry, Short Stories ISBN: 046002065x FIRST PUBLISHED: 1954 PUBLISHER: J. M Dent and Sons LTD LANGUAGE: English     *** This one time it started raining when I was in town. I didn’t have an umbrella with me and the only place where I could shelter from the rain (which came unannounced) was outside some shops across the street. I hated the rain that day. You see, the day...

06 July 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW-WE ARE WITNESSES: FIVE DIARIES OF TEENAGERS WHO DIED IN THE HOLOCAUST by JACOB BOAS   BOOK: We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust AUTHOR: Jacob Boas GENRE: History ISBN: 0-590-84475-X FIRST PUBLISHED: 1976 PUBLISHER: Scholastic Inc. LANGUAGE: English   What comes to your mind when you see the words “Six Million”? Nothing much, right?  what of “Six Million Jews”? What of “Nazi”? These words are sort of related. How? The Holocaust . Between 1933 and...

27 June 2016 » Lighten Up

COLD ROOM, STILL THOUGHT, DERANGED!! Abruptly, my thought process came to a standstill, There, I was contemplating the content of my will, My assets, how to share, when I permanently leave, No single man was present, zero creatures around, nil, Just me, my heartbeat and the cold room, Now was my time, either that or I was doomed. I could feel with my hands, mind and every bit of my flesh how quiet it was, It was still as if spell bound, Quiet, very quiet, one could smell death. I remembered...

21 June 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: THE 10TH FONTANA BOOK OF GREAT HORROR STORIES   BOOK: The 10th Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories AUTHOR: Edited by Mary Danby GENRE: Horror Anthologies ISBN: 0-00-614272-9 FIRST PUBLISHED: 1977 PUBLISHER: Fontana Books LANGUAGE: English   Lets talk horror. I’m a fan of ghost stories. Tales which make me look around as I read. Just to ensure that I don’t have an unwanted company. I’ve just completed reading one book in the Fontana Book series. The Fontana Books are a series...

14 June 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW-A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER by ISHMAEL BEAH   BOOK: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier AUTHOR: Ishmael Beah GENRE: Memoir ISBN-10: 0374531269 ISBN-13:  978-0374531263 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2007 PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux    LANGUAGE: English   I was so excited when I first came across this book. Why? Memoirs, biographies and autobiographies are my favorite sub-genres among non-fiction books. Memoirs adrenalize me as I know whatever the story, I never...

28 May 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: THE OPTIMIST’S CREED by GIDEON MUTAI   BOOK: The Optimist’s Creed: How to Make the Most of opportunities by your Hopeful Outlook to Life AUTHOR: Gideon Mutai Genre: Fiction ISBN-13:  978-1517007522 ISBN-10: 1517007526 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2015 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers via the CreateSpaceIndependent Publishing platform (Print-on-Demand) LANGUAGE: English   Written in an insightful manner, “The Optimist’s Creed” is a book full of nothing but prudence. There is so much logic and...

23 May 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK REVIEW: A Daughter of Isis by Nawal El-Saadawi BOOK: A Daughter of Isis AUTHOR: Nawal El Saadawi GENRE: Autobiography ISBN: 9781848132313 Hb FIRST PUBLISHED: 1999 PUBLISHER: Zed Books Ltd. LANGUAGE: English   Nawal El Saadawi is known world over as a bold feminist, physician, revolutionist and re-known writer. She was born in Egypt in 1931 to a large Muslim family. A Daughter of Isis, her fourteenth book to be published talks of her story growing up. Born in a family of six girls and three...

15 May 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK: Twisted Times, Son of Man AUTHOR: Vincent de Paul Genre: Fiction ISBN-13:  978-1516829798 ISBN-10: 1516829794 FIRST PUBLISHED: 2015 PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers via the CreateSpaceIndependent Publishing LANGUAGE: English   BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Times, Son of Man by Vincent de Paul Vincent is a Kenyan author and blogger whose love for writing can be seen through his works. His first book, ‘First Words’ won Nairobi International Book Fair in 2010. He has written a couple of poems too,...

05 May 2016 » Lighten Up

ARE YOU THERE? Through the transparent glass window, Overlooking the harlequin-green meadow, I watch the clean crystal drops of rain fall, Keeping in mind what we did, all, Painful tears rolling down my cheeks, Wondering why you’re gone for weeks Something I never envisioned. Often times, I question your decision. why did the sugary you have to go? Leaving my heart glum and hollow like a bore, Leaving me in an infinite state of solitude, I reminisce with endearment the times we shared, How...

08 April 2016 » Lighten Up

I LOST HER   She had a brown complexion. Brown like chocolate. Her skin had a soft texture on the outside, and was tender on the inside. She had two slim strands of leather on the sides, two silver rings encompassing each strand and two thick wooden rings circumnavigating on the thin strands. She had an alluring rectangular cyan piece at the mid-section. Beautiful like marble. She had a fat middle area, and complemented her looks with silver endings. She was sweet and always comforting to have...

05 April 2016 » Lighten Up

DISDAINED MY COMPANY, I BET SHE DID From one of my escapades, I met her, It was a deserted path, Meters away from the community church, Alone, she was walking, She espied me, then started stalling. Rugged garments, tatted skin, Looked unkempt, dirty like a trash bin, Stone faced- looking mean. Where have you been? Attempted to talk to her, She stared like she had seen a ghost, I could tell she was lost, I stretched out my arm, Had to explain I mean no harm, You could use my help at this...

21 March 2016 » Lighten Up

HELP ME APPLAUD EMMANUEL ORTIZ ON THIS DAY AS WE MARK WORLD POETRY DAY   Poetry is a subject I hold so dear to me. I love words. I love how people express their words in the form of art called poetry. When not busy, I write as many poems as possible, and share some online. I’d literally die if they took poetry away from me. I do read a lot of poems too. I find it soothing just going through numerous verses that rhyme. I appreciate all poets out there who often share their works with the world....

20 March 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK: The Art of War AUTHOR: Sun Tzu FIRST PUBLISHED: 5th Century PUBLISHER: Lionel Giles LANGUAGE: Translated from chinese to English by Lionel Giles     BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 7; THE ART OF WAR BY SUN TZU Not to be confused with Robert Greene’s ‘The 33 Strategies of war’ (Something I once did. LOL) The Art of War is a book written by an ancient Chinese military leader called Sun Tzu.”The art of war is of vital importance to the state.”  The author begins. . It’s a thirteen chapter book written...

19 March 2016 » Lighten Up

  BOOK: The Body Snatcher AUTHOR: Robert Louis Stephenson FIRST PUBLISHED: 1884 PUBLISHER: Pall Mall Gazzette LANGUAGE: English   BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 5; THE BODY SNATCHER   Four friends; the undertaker, the landlord, Fettes and the narrator have made it a habit to sit in a small parlor of the George Inn at Denenham. One winter night, there was a sick man at the George. The doctor came and when he arrived, Fettes recognized his name when the landlord mentioned it. Dr. Macfarlane was a familiar...

18 March 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK: Estranged AUTHOR: Jessica Berger Gross FIRST PUBLISHED: 2013 LANGUAGE: English     BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 5; ESTRANGED BY JESSICA BERGER GROSS   This is the type of book to be read in about an hour. I got it from KINDLE . The Title of the book caught my eyes. I mean, with a title like “Estranged”, one expects that the book has an enthralling story line. The book starts with the narrator seated at home alone. It was a quiet Saturday evening and she was sitting in a computer in the bedroom...

17 March 2016 » Lighten Up

  BOOK: The Body In The Library AUTHOR: Agatha Christie FIRST PUBLISHED: 1942 PUBLISHER: Dodd, Mead and Company LANGUAGE: English     BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 4; THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY   Mrs Bantry is woken up by Mary, her house-help one morning. Mary rushes to the room to inform her that the body of a dead girl had been lying in the library. For a moment there, Mrs. Bantry is not sure whether she has been dreaming, or it was true that Mary had walked to the room. Mrs. Bantry wakes her husband...

16 March 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK: The Reluctant Fundamentalist AUTHOR: Mohsin Hamid FIRST PUBLISHED: 2007 PUBLISHER: Hamish Hamilton (U.K) Harcourt (U.S) Oxford University Press (Pakistan) LANGUAGE: English BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 3; THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST The narrator who is also the author, meets an American man in a street in Lahore, Pakistan.  When they start conversing, the narrator jokingly tells the American man not to feel threatened by his beard. He also adds that he loves America. From the narrator’s words,...

15 March 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: Book 2; Things Fall Apart   BOOK: Things Fall Apart AUTHOR: Chinua Achebe FIRST PUBLISHED: 1958 PUBLISHER: Heinemann LANGUAGE: English   The book is set in Igbo land. In a town called Umuofia which consists of nine villages. Meet Unoka, a lazy man who loved palm wine and was full of debts. He was a coward who disliked stories of war. Though he died with no title, he had son who was hard working and full of energy. The son was excellent in everything; A great wrestler, a wealthy...

14 March 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK MARATHON: BOOK 1; THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH I’m starting this fun thing, (I don’t know your definition of fun, but this is fun to me anyway) where I’ll run. Yes run, not in the Olympics though. I’m doing a Book marathon where I’ll be reading a book a day and post a review on this blog. To start this week, I’ve selected seven books, short reads which can be read within one to five hours. To begin  the marathon, I’ve started with my most favorite writet, Edgar Allan Poe. I read this small...

08 March 2016 » Lighten Up

I believe everyone has ever come across ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ . Be it one law or the whole book, I bet we all have had to skim through what Robert Greene thinks are laws of power. The 48 Laws of Power is a non fiction, semi-inspirational self help book that aids one ponder about stuff that we some times ignore. The book talks about ethics and gives historical examples on why the author descended on the said laws. The laws  are like principles which the author believes can guide man and...

22 February 2016 » Lighten Up

I cower when it’s dawning, I so much loathe mornings, The bright sun shining makes me sick, The thought of me waking up makes me weak, They’ve always bothered me, week after week, I wish I could be a bird, and own a beak, And wings, so I could fly, fly away, This should come to an end, I pray. This diabolical act made me sneak away. I wish to correct, even if I’ll be opposed, A custom we observe, tradition we celebrate, Where all girls have to engage in, ritual I hate I weep for the girls...

19 February 2016 » Lighten Up

BOOK: No More Tears AUTHOR: Atieno Mtoto Mzuri FIRST PUBLISHED: 2015 PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform LANGUAGE: English             No More Tears by Atieno Mtoto Mzuri A smart and brilliant Kenyan woman is promised a good job. (Maybe better than her current) in America by a relative. Being imagined by many as the land of milk and honey, she of course is excited about the idea of her moving to the United States of America and after saving up for the air ticket, she bids bye...

28 January 2016 » Lighten Up

  So, I’m reading H Rap Brown alias Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin’s ‘Die Nigger’. The book generally talks about black people in the U.S.A and how whites and other Negroes relate with and live with them. I’m on the page where he talks about skin tones. How light skinned Negroes are viewed as Negroes who are closer to white people because of their lighter complexion, and how it is somehow an advantage if your skin color is lighter than that of other blacks. Dark skinned Africans are born and grow up...

18 January 2016 » Lighten Up

Father and I rushed home. A thick cloud of smoke had engulfed our homestead. The wails and cries by our neighbors meant it was a bad incident. Something dreadful had happened to my family. It didn’t take me long to notice what had happened. Our house had caught fire. We had lost it all. Our house was burning down. On making inquiries as to whether any one had been trapped in, we were informed of something nasty. All the members of my family save for me and my father had been trapped in the...

18 January 2016 » Lighten Up

Life has a funny way of disagreeing with what you’ve planned. Sometimes you plan things the best way you can and everything just goes south. You may have everything in order, set goals, followed every procedure, done everything how it’s supposed to be done, then bam! Everything gets muddled up, and all is reduced to shambles. Life is a school of its own. Life teaches you that which they never taught you in class. Fate. Fate makes you end up in dungeons you never wished to end up in, or castles...

12 December 2015 » Lighten Up

BOOK: The Other Side Of Me Author: Sidney Sheldon FIRST PUBLISHED: 2005 PUBLISHER: Vision LANGUAGE: English         THE OTHER SIDE OF ME BY SIDNEY SHELDON Narrated in first person, we are introduced to a teenage boy, Sidney Schechtel, son of Otto Schechtel an American from Chicago, and Natalie Marcus, a Russian. Among other things, Sidney works as a delivery boy at a Chicago drug store. Sidney seemed to be suicidal and once stole sleeping pills for the purpose of taking his own life. Before...

30 November 2015 » Lighten Up

Her lean feat trudged slowly, she was in no hurry, Tiny mind carried too much distress, made her worry, The globe angered her, her heart and soul full of fury, World mocked her, prosecuted her, acted as the jury, Guilt-ridden, she walked on, her face was all but cheery, As the crystal balls of rain dropped on the ground, splitting sheets of papers  which had been bound, washing away the filth that humans had dropped, All manner of waste, and timber they had chopped, As frogs croaked, and...

15 October 2015 » Lighten Up

I Miss The 18th Century As the occupants of this part of the world go to slumber, When slim snakes slither beneath bushes and on grasses, When a percentage of vehicles stop moving; cars and buses, As the avaricious man, the one with a vast appetite, as vast as the Mediterranean sea, Drops his mistresses to pick others, moves around, He who never even once gets satisfied, Should be captured, whipped and tied, For he emotionally hurts his loyal bride. When the crickets try to outdo each other...

15 October 2015 » Lighten Up

I Miss The 18th Century As the occupants of this part of the world go to slumber, When slim snakes slither beneath bushes and on grasses, When a percentage of vehicles stop moving; cars and buses, As the avaricious man, the one with a vast appetite, as vast as the Mediterranean sea, Drops his mistresses to pick others, moves around, He who never even once gets satisfied, Should be captured, whipped and tied, For he emotionally hurts his loyal bride. When the crickets try to outdo each other...

08 October 2015 » Lighten Up

He reduced his speed, walked in slow motion, at a slow pace, like a tortoise Nothing living or non living mattered. His wore an old shirt which was tattered, He had lost it all, his face read negative, his body showed nil improvement, A closer look at him revealed anger, bitterness, and sore. He loathed the world, and it’s occupants, a sad soul, Almost went berserk, His next stop would be a mental asylum, he was going nuts With nothing but despair, he sat down, looked up, faced the moon and...

08 October 2015 » Lighten Up

NOT SO HAPPY He reduced his speed, walked in slow motion, at a slow pace, like a tortoise Nothing living or non living mattered. He wore an old shirt which was tattered, He had lost it all, his face read negative, his body showed nil improvement, A closer look at him revealed anger, bitterness, and sore. He loathed the world, and it’s occupants, a sad soul, Almost went berserk, His next stop would be a mental asylum, he was going nuts With nothing but despair, he sat down, looked up, faced the...

13 August 2015 » Lighten Up

It’s World Left Handers Day! Have a Happy one. Since childhood, there’ve been a couple of bizarre things which have often fascinated me. Sometimes my mind drifts from this world and travels miles away, to an incognito location. Millions of thoughts revolve in my mind when I’m in some other planet (which is not earth). I think of eerie and kind of un-orthodox stuff. Funny thing is that at times my mind is left blank. Yes, blank, full of space like a vacuum, the millions of thoughts disappear....

13 August 2015 » Lighten Up

It’s World Left Handers Day! Have a Happy one. Since childhood, there’ve been a couple of bizarre things which have often fascinated me. Sometimes my mind drifts from this world and travels miles away, to an incognito location. Millions of thoughts revolve in my mind when I’m in some other planet (which is not earth). I think of eerie and kind of un-orthodox stuff. Funny thing is that at times my mind is left blank. Yes, blank, full of space like a vacuum, the millions of thoughts disappear....

29 July 2015 » Lighten Up

PERMANENT LOSSES     The termination of life on earth marks the commencement of another, in the spirit world. Perhaps where only departed souls exist. Death denotes that. Death puts an end to life. The typical life we are used to. Death erases every tad. The laughter people shared, the good times, the ugly, the unforgettable moments. The living are only left with one thing; memories, recollections. Sad. Very sad. Cruel. Death is merciless. I’m unable to comprehend a lot of stuff. How does death...

29 July 2015 » Lighten Up

PERMANENT LOSSES     The termination of life on earth marks the commencement of another, in the spirit world. Perhaps where only departed souls exist. Death denotes that. Death puts an end to life. The typical life we are used to. Death erases every tad. The laughter people shared, the good times, the ugly, the unforgettable moments. The living are only left with one thing; memories, recollections. Sad. Very sad. Cruel. Death is merciless. I’m unable to comprehend a lot of stuff. How does death...

15 July 2015 » Lighten Up

Edgar Allan Poe ODE TO POE Allow me write, inscribe peachy words under your sublime name, Made it my vocation, to preserve a special seat for you, in the hall of fame, A reputable name forever on our thin lips at the mention of literature, or poet, Wish I could have written this earlier, single thing I so much and in agony regret. I want to express what’s deep within me, Let me share with all, how a treasure you be, Permit me prove how noble I think you are to him, and her, who intensely...

15 July 2015 » Lighten Up

Edgar Allan Poe ODE TO POE Allow me write, inscribe peachy words under your sublime name, Made it my vocation, to preserve a special seat for you, in the hall of fame, A reputable name forever on our thin lips at the mention of literature, or poet, Wish I could have written this earlier, single thing I so much and in agony regret. I want to express what’s deep within me, Let me share with all, how a treasure you be, Permit me prove how noble I think you are to him, and her, who intensely feel...

04 June 2015 » Lighten Up

The morgue  Silence welcomes me as I make my entrance, So much to see in an instance, The stillness that meets me, too calm, Still like water from our local river, or dam. Not astonishing though, it’s a morgue, not a party, The floors are squeaky clean, nothing dirty. The departed have no tale, Kins outside, all they do is wail. My visit is met by dubiety. I can smell mistrust in the air, The skeptic attendants pose to study me, My dark arms, my short, black kinky hair. Their suspicious...

04 June 2015 » Lighten Up

The morgue  Silence welcomes me as I make my entrance, So much to see in an instance, The stillness that meets me, too calm, Still like water from our local river, or dam. Not astonishing though, it’s a morgue, not a party, The floors are squeaky clean, nothing dirty. The departed have no tale, Kins outside, all they do is wail. My visit is met by dubiety. I can smell mistrust in the air, The skeptic attendants pose to study me, My dark arms, my short, black kinky hair. Their suspicious...

17 May 2015 » Lighten Up

 I Lost My Soul   It was hanging on the hooks, Like my old man’s grey coat, Who buries his head in books. Abruptly, I lost my soul, perhaps in the woods. Like street waifs who can’t take three square meals, Or afford to pay taxes and bills, I had taken a walk down the dusty streets, And Later Went on to the quiet hills.   I’m wretched like a jilted bride, My soul left me feeling empty inside, There’s a void in me, I feel hollow, What’s left with me is...

17 May 2015 » Lighten Up

 I Lost My Soul   It was hanging on the hooks, Like my old man’s grey coat, Who buries his head in books. Abruptly, I lost my soul, perhaps in the woods. Like street waifs who can’t take three square meals, Or afford to pay taxes and bills, I had taken a walk down the dusty streets, And Later Went on to the quiet hills.   I’m wretched like a jilted bride, My soul left me feeling empty inside, There’s a void in me, I feel hollow, What’s left with me is...

30 April 2015 » Lighten Up

A Letter To My Brothers. You chilled out, aye! Out there living your lives, Was kinda bored, so thought Why not say hi, Thought I should share, Been keeping this for a while, Cowardice, anger and fear kept me from revealing this.   No, I’m not a whistle blower, I just wanna share something the four of you are unaware of, It’s deep and sad. It’s heartbreaking and devastating, The revelation gonna create rifts, I don’t know how you’ll deal with this, my dear ones, I don’t know if you’...

30 April 2015 » Lighten Up

A Letter To My Brothers. You chilled out, aye! Out there living your lives, Was kinda bored, so thought Why not say hi, Thought I should share, Been keeping this for a while, Cowardice, anger and fear kept me from revealing this.   No, I’m not a whistle blower, I just wanna share something the four of you are unaware of, It’s deep and sad. It’s heartbreaking and devastating, The revelation gonna create rifts, I don’t know how you’ll deal with this, my dear ones, I don’t know if you’...

31 March 2015 » Lighten Up

 BENEATH MY TEARS (ii) She had been faking it. She did it so well I couldn’t suspect a thing. She did it like a professional actress who had spent so many years at the theaters. The faking, the acting, so perfect, I was so convinced she had been asleep. She hadn’t been sleeping at all, she wasn’t in dream land, as I had earlier thought. she had been awake. Adoncia hadn’t slept one bit. she had just shut her eyelids in the most professional way no one could detect anything. We had been...

31 March 2015 » Lighten Up

 BENEATH MY TEARS (ii) She had been faking it. She did it so well I couldn’t suspect a thing. She did it like a professional actress who had spent so many years at the theaters. The faking, the acting, so perfect, I was so convinced she had been asleep. She hadn’t been sleeping at all, she wasn’t in dream land, as I had earlier thought. she had been awake. Adoncia hadn’t slept one bit. she had just shut her eyelids in the most professional way no one could detect anything. We had been...

30 March 2015 » Lighten Up

BENEATH MY TEARS (i) I’ve observed in agony how society expects certain people to behave in a specific manner. How this gender should not indulge in some activities, or how someone from a different culture should not take part in A, B and C. Religion teaches us that we are all equal before God. We are constantly reminded that what one human can do, then the next can do it too. But here, I as a man, I’m being judged for being me. The irony of life.I see kids and women shed tears often. Tears as...

30 March 2015 » Lighten Up

BENEATH MY TEARS (i) I’ve observed in agony how society expects certain people to behave in a specific manner. How this gender should not indulge in some activities, or how someone from a different culture should not take part in A, B and C. Religion teaches us that we are all equal before God. We are constantly reminded that what one human can do, then the next can do it too. But here, I as a man, I’m being judged for being me. The irony of life.I see kids and women shed tears often. Tears as...

02 March 2015 » Lighten Up

BUTLER’S BALLAD Arisen at dawn, New day, new tale, My misery starts, poor son of fate, A norm for me, despaired soul, As I draft this, put me in your intercession, Your frustrated black butler. Rude demands, his way of saying hi, You mad sir, I can’t comprehend why, What you command I comply, As I draft this, put me in your intercession, your despondent, black butler. I witness all manner of contempt, My padrone, his wife, their daughter, All I do is weep, no time for laughter...

20 February 2015 » Lighten Up

 AVOWAL Under the cover of darkness, When the sky is bare, starless, I conceal my pain, And share my joy with my alter ego, My other self, The self the world knows nothing about, The self the universe can’t talk of, Only me, myself and I know of.   I cherish the darkness, I love the night, I relish no bright, When a majority of you are dead in slumber, Only a few are still awake, I love the night. The stygyian night. That with no moon, nor stars, Doesn’t reveal my sore scars, That which is...

30 January 2015 » Lighten Up

DEFLOWERED AND TAINTED   Her miniature eyes stared at the setting sun, Her small hand seen holding a round bun, All she chewed all day was a tasteless gum, The feeling of dejection in her, she’s glum She declined to show the world her face, A sad child of the globe, her name, Grace, purity, is what her body contained, Ethics, morality she had maintained, She was chaste, Pure as the driven snow, All her life, No one had heard her lie, Then it happened one day, A normal day,...

05 January 2015 » Lighten Up

Hoping that 2014 ended on a high note for you. Mine was splendid. The cliche that is, ‘New Year New Me’. A majority say that, but crawl back to their old selves when the year is still young. It’s a fresh year. A new episode, an untouched chapter of life, Another phase, New shit, New stuff, New things, New resolutions, New hope, New life, New beginning, every thing new.We are all moving to the next stage. A new start for some. Quitting the awful, picking the best. Scratch the resolutions part....

21 November 2014 » Lighten Up

My Inamorato Since your very first hi, My spirits been so high, To confess this, I’m not shy, Even God Knows I cannot lie. Mention of your name performs some kind of miracle, “They’re meant to be”, message from an oracle, There’s something about our bond, something desirable, This union we’re building, hope there’ll be no obstacle. Observed you as we dined, Your attributes so fine, Your presence takes me to cloud nine, To cross the line and join you, I won’t mind. You’re so...

25 October 2014 » Lighten Up

Quiet as my night, Silent, calm, alright, Placid, peaceful, no fight, No birds in the sky, Just the stars, Shiny, lustrous and splendent stars, Gleaming like pearls, Looking down upon me. Tranquility and serenity Is how my night is defined. Daytime noises, it defied, Still as a slave before before his master, Like a tombstone, a deserted one, Composed, collected and kind, Is my night. My quiet nightFiled under: VERSES

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