Stories

FIX ME THE BROKEN FENCE

By Evelyn Ogongo “Eii.. .pinyni! – This world!” Sabina had exclaimed at moonlight “Awuoro! -I wonder!” Ogwanjo had been in “Narobi” for the last many days: Many days like three…

GUARDIAN ANGELS -PART ONE

By Kemboi Victor I understood the nature of Terry’s sickness well and I was not ready to see her in that distressing state for the entire night. We had been…

SEVEN DAYS OF LOVE

By Lewis Wamwanda and Ezekiel Immo Monday I met a lady Collided with me at the bus stop Her apologies was a love song in my mind   Tuesday I roamed…

Special Delivery Suicide

By Patrick Ngugi Wilmina Mudeshi had had enough.  She could not continue with these tribulations anymore. It was time to leave, she thought as she gripped the small bottle sleeping…

THE ESCAPADES OF KIVAVA KIKONZE

By John Masunga The petrol station attendant showed him a corner near the drainage and generously dosed him with the water cannon. It was not a fire extinguishing drill. It…

ZOE’S REVENGE Part Two

By Jediddah Ohanga An hour later, she saw him off to the gate and promised to meet him on Monday at his showroom to complete the paper work. She would…

Girlfriend for hire

By Kemboi Victor Bryson’s return to Kenya from the States after the completion of his Masters degree finally came with jubilation. He was really excited to be home again, to reunite…

Eva Kiuna

By Jane Gerald Thrice the number of times I had been to the club. Thrice the number of times I had seen her. Now on my third drink, my nerves…

LONDON STREET

By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna, Nigeria Dark, old, and short So slim, lean, with thought Of all the way fate set Forth, with all the pain that Gushed out, above the…

BEFORE YOU GO

Before you go, Please look behind once more, And remember all the good times we had, But when you leave, don’t bang the door, Lest you need it, when you…

THIS MAN KIUMBI

This man, Kiumbi, meaning creator, was a tall, not very handsome guy. He hailed from a poor family. His father eked a living by herding cattle, while his mother used…

Moment of honesty

By Muiruri Gathu For the couple Ngobo and Sylvia, the day began as a normal one and so they anticipated it would come to an end. After breakfast they engaged…

THE LAST RAIN DANCE

By Mwaniki wa Muriuki Dance with me, in the rains Our sweats swept in its dousing heats Dance with me, when the heavens torrents downpours Our slippery grips sliding and…

AFTER THE STORM

By Kemboi Victor The neighborhood was unusually restrained that morning. Very few vehicles and motorbikes roared on the road and only a few people were seen walking quietly, most of…

GERRY’S PROPHESY

By Patrick Ngugi My new phone rang several times but for some reason I could not get myself to pick it. Every time I stretched my hand it seemed to…

WHY I AM POOR

By Muriki Meeme. I’m poor So that I’m limited financially But enjoy mental freedom to infinity So that nobody will understand what is in my mind And not tell whether…

WHATEVER IT TAKES

By Rehema Malemba Robert is again on his lonely way home from Ubunifu Primary School. The sun is at its setting end, colouring the western horizon orange. Long shadows of…

A SUDDEN STRANGER

Yesterday, when we went to sleep, You were so quiet, so distant, You felt like a stranger lying next to me, You were like someone else, dressed up in you,…

Wine row and Abdulla’s Mazingaombwe

By Anthony Muiruri I never cease to amaze my friend Robert. We sometimes teasingly call him uncle Bob owing to his iron-fisted management of his household. To ensure everything runs…

VANITY

By Evelyn Ongogo So baffling that people toil and strain To make mansions of life Mansions, where they stand To look upon other souls With spite and despise All for…

BEAUTIFUL CHARADES

By Beverly Masita Sitting in the corner and looking at people have a go at champagne and dance maybe wasn’t my kind of thing. Grabbing a glass and standing with…

FROM MOTHERLAND

From motherland where sirens are war planes and tankers trains The ambulances, battle bullets and blasting bombs And medics, the vulgar murderous militias or the selfless slaying soldiers All in…

SECRETS FROM MY LOVE [Part Two]

Get Part One HERE BY Kemboi Victor “Some girls are funny sweetheart.” I continued. “Their eyes do not go beyond their noses. Their minds refuse to think when they see…

The Fatal Secret

By Jane Gerald He watched, his hands on the frosted glass wall and his head lowered, as the etch of his sin grew larger on the wet floor. The red…

A FRESH BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

By Lilian Wairimu As William took a stroll along the beautifully paved street, taking in the scenery around him, the clear blue sky, the random singing from a bird, he…

SO SOON

By Anita W. You left without a word, You left without a hug or a kiss, You left my heart empty, That was so soon,   You had promised to…

THE LOVE BABY [PART ONE]

By NIMO KURIA Triza Mpwe, a widow, milled behind the casket bearers with her head bowed low. Beside her on the left and the right were her twin sons. Though…

COLD BLOODED JUSTICE

By Patrick Ngugi I buried my face in my handcuffed palms, too ashamed to lookup and scan the courtroom, as I did not want my gaze to meet my family…

AN ODE OF MY MAN

By Mwaniki Muriuki My man he is my supreme cistern A well whose water is my everlasting drink He is my forever fountain A spring from whom all my thirsts…

ZOE’S REVENGE

By Jedidah Ohanga The day was quite chilly, and Zoe felt very lonely. So lonely that she didn’t care whose company would make her feel warm. She took her phone…

KIGACHO, THE GATE KEEPER

 By Patrick Ngugi It’s a fortnight since my chief accountant left, and my figures are in a mess. I need to get a reliable person to head that department just…

DESIRE

She kissed I hissed I kissed she blessed Prior we were stressed Now, freely we expressed Her body entangled into mine Mine into hers ebullient entwine Each secretly speaking Each…

AND THEN CAME REGRETS..

That evening my mind was not calm. Unlike other days when thoughts of unfinished work would be bothering me, I was thinking about the death of Tracie my four years’…

If Tomorrow Fails to Come

Dear God, If Thou decides to take thy soul tonight, So that I won’t see tomorrow, My son, whom am so fond, Oh God of all Might, Let him not…

Seriously Guilty, Part Two

If you missed Part One.. Get it here By Kemboi Victor Our stopover was at Nakuru. Though I was really pressed and badly needed to go to the washroom, I…

THIS I SAY

By Benson Kasuti But do I say I am also seeing a smile But does it pay? Or its just happiness for a while   I admit I was wrong…

Seriously Guilty

By Kemboi Victor I came to know Juliet in my first month at Huduma Bora Microfinance Bank in Nairobi, where I had gotten job as a teller. She was a Clinician…

MY UNSUNG

By Nimmo W., Songs have been sung, because they are easy to sing, Poems have been written, for they are easy to write, Stories have been told, for they are…

MESSAGE FROM HELL

By Mundia Ngumi “Ambia mtu wako awache kuharibu manyumba za watu kama hujampatia mapenzi ya kutosha mwambie awachane na mpenzi wangu atafute aliye single” On finding this SMS in his…

THE PRINCESS

By Margueritte Pijteng “You make me feel safe and beautiful”, she said She orchestrated these words like the piano and violin which rule the audience She knew its effects as…

VOLUNTEERS AND MEDIC WORKERS

By Mwaniki Muriuki We remember you, you who give yourselves of yourselves To fight these deadly and viral deaths: Ebola and Corona Viruses! You who have avowed your souls and…

ZENTA’S TATTOO [Part One]

By Patrick Ngugi He looks so handsome today, Melvina thought amid the shimmering film of tears that threatened to run down her cheeks. She loved him so much that she…

CORRINE MY FRIEND, PART 3

Along Came Denzel… By Jade Gibbs Ohanga It was one of those random weekday nights when you just come from work and decide to go to a club and relax…

DAUGHTER OF MY MOTHER

By Mwaniki Wa Muriuki Son of my fathers, where are you Why am I longing for you with no avail? Must you be always sought in vain   Daughter of…

BITTER FRUIT

By Seeb Durazi Daniel Mwendwa sat pensively, in a secluded corner in the restaurant, peering anxiously from behind the lush, large leaves of the potted plant that partially concealed the…

HARSH REVOLUTION

By Muriki Meeme Everything has completely changed World has changed People have changed Life has changed Be prepared for a new change It is unwelcoming Pain streaming No one saw…

THE LOVE BABY [PART 3]

BY NIMO KURIA It was on the third day of Triza’s return back home from her parents’ house that she had made up her mind to get straight with Erick.…

WHAT I SEE

  By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna [Nigeria] Lying alone under that sick Silent tree, awaiting his eve rose To who shall pass by him without Saying hello for old time’s sake.…

MOURN HIM WELL

Akoko nyar nam, Mourn your husband well Mourn him, daughter of the Lake Mourn Oduka as if the world is ending tomorrow He was the spear that pierced the sleeping…

HOPE

By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna, Nigeria At the very beginning While no one cares to See, or cares to know How homo-sapiens We will become we Never give up hope.  …

    BUMPY RIDE RANGE

By Muriki Meeme When I’m in a bumpy ride There’s no pride by my side Especially when you over-speed Open your eyes very wide Carelessness can be a suicide Well,…

PAYBACK TIME

By Kemboi Victor The six elders sat under the giant Mogoiywet tree of Kaimen shopping center, as they flashed glances on curious villagers who were seated on the grass. This…

KENYA KUONGOZA KWA SAMPULI ZA SARATANI

Ifikapo mwaka 2030, Kenya itakuwa imepiga hatua nyingi za maendeleo. Miongoni mwazo ni miundo mbinu ya kisasa kama vile reli za umeme, majumba ya kifahari na barabara kuu zenye hadhi.…

MY LAST DRINK WITH OMOSH

By Victor Mwene I am not a heavy drinker. Omosh, a very good friend of mine is one of them. Omosh can gulp a whole 750ml of Red Label in…

UNLIKELY XMAS REUNION

By Patrick Ngugi H.N. Anderson’s heart soared joyfully as the Cessna took off from Wilson Airport. Soon, she would be breathing the crispy fresh mountain air of Nanyuki, her hometown.…

THE BODY REMEMBERS

They say the body remembers, Way after the mind forgot. That’s why it trembles, shivers And understands it not.   When the body remembers, It remembers the love, The feeling…

DANCE ON HIS GRAVE

BY Anita Wairimu We laid him here three years ago. I come here fortnightly to make sure everything is in order. To ensure that the love of my life is…

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

By Albina Hipp Why are many people around the world risking their all? In this corona pandemic, to stand in solidarity to state that Black Lives Matter? To stand in…

Mind Games

  By Nimo Kuria I checked in late… Not that I didn’t know my boarding time, there had been a mix up. Two friends of mine had suddenly decided to…

A DIFFERENT DAWN

BY SEEB DURAZI [U.K] The dim, smoky flame from the paraffin lamp flickered slightly in the salty night breeze wafting in through the open window.  It was a warm night,…

TOMORROW NEVER COMES

By Lewis Wamwanda I wonder why people call tomorrow, tomorrow Yet I see no sense in their choice of words Not that I don’t trust them But I still wonder…

KABLA SIJAOA

Kabla sijaoa, nitataka kuwa na hakika kuwa anafaa kweli. Nitataka kudadisi hulka zake kwa upana. Nimpitue, halafu nimweke sawa. Nimkunje, kisha nimkunjue. Nimvae, kisha nimvue. Nimwangushe, kisha nimwinue. Nimtege, halafu…

STARDOM

You are the star-turn of my time And with your star-lit eyes Makes me have you in camped memories And would choose to hand you a star fruit To make…

THE STORM

By Cecy Gaitho In the sky so high, The night dark with unforetold fears, The lightning occasionally sending its warning, That the storm is nigh, Little children clasp at their…

WHO I AM

By Muriki Meeme Many people ask me Who I am and where I come from But when I explain to them It is like I entertain people But I have to be…

Nicah, the Boss Lady

By Cecy Gaitho I watched helplessly as the heavy rain pounded on the back of my four children and I. This was the third time in a week that we…

Sensual Gratification

The eyes and the mouth couldn’t resist Gazing and gaping at the heavenly curves The beautiful face – complete with dimples And shy twinkling eyes   And the twitching nose…

But I Can’t

Words become unnecessary Whenever we are together For our eyes, our touch, our smile Communicate nothing but love Saying we can’t live without us   But I can’t I can’t…

KAMENE

Kamene, Mutie’s wife, I have seen you looking at me work, I can’t count the number of times, You visit our home, Why sudden interest in us?   Kamene, Mutie’s…

I’M BACK

I have come back home, Back in your arms, Back in your heart, I have come to realize, That, that’s where I belong,   I left without a warning, I…

WE SHALL OVERCOME

By Faith Gikunda All will be over and pain in the cosmos will fade The wailing and crying will no longer be heard The world will find its remarkable balance…

MY ROSE

By Anita W. You are my rose, You are my flower, The flower that I love and cherish, A flower with beauty, that never fades.   You are my rose,…

Hangovers & Heartaches

Sunset… dusk Then our yearning eyes met And like infatuated teens We couldn’t leave each other’s sight   We gazed through soul’s windows And beheld glittering galaxies Of shining stars,…

The Last Drop; a New Era

By Kemboi Victor Tony Alfayo walked about at the reception of Jamboni Maternity Wing petrified, distressed and looking very tired. For about a day and half now, he had been here…

Confessions

By Kemboi Victor The rain stopped and cold braced the atmosphere ushering in discomfort. Kiruhi, the watchman on duty, entered the gatehouse and picked his raincoat from the hanger on…

SEBULENI IS TWO YEARS OLD

By Patrick Ngugi On April 28th 2020, Sebuleni creative writing online magazine marked its second year since its first stories were published in April 2018. What started as a vague…

  ONE-OFF SIN

By Beverly Masita You could say I was deep in thought as I sipped my coffee on New Year’s Eve. I was here early, drowning in coffee and music, reading…

MY TWA TWA

BY Evelyne Ongogo Okoth I am seated at the patio I will sit till the sun comes down I will sit till the sweat on my back Flows down my…

WHY, FATHER… WHY!!?

By Rehema Malemba Cradled at the corner of my bed, in the most inner room of our bungalow, cracking my knuckles, once in a while pinching myself to confirm whether…

YULE MJAMAA – THAT GUY…

BY LILIAN WAIRIMU There she was staring out of the matatu window. Her mind racing and trying to process so much. Why is there so much traffic jam, that woman…

UNQUENCHED FLAMES

By Rehema Malemba I close my eyes and I see my lips on his…I feel my chest pressing hard against his. His warmth and sweet scent encircling us both. His…

CAN SOMEBODY HEAR ME?

By Nimmo Anita Last month I watched them kill my best friend Otii. Reason? They claimed that he was seen stealing a phone! Stealing? I can swear Otii has never…

Interesting tidbits about Christmas

THE holiday season has arrived and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their families and friends. The following are some interesting tidbits to share with…

THE FRUIT OF HONESTY

By Abdulhamid Usman, Nigeria Living in fear and horror Of no word being accepted From typical terror Who is liar related.   Thunderstrike in pristine mind No light will be…

ETERNAL WAIT

Parched lips Thirsty throat Depleted cup Waiting for ever for A delightful refill That fails to pour   And lips that yearn For a touch of lips That vanished in…

ULEMAVU WA MOYO

Na Hussein Kassim “Usimfanyie masihara kwa huo upofu wake! Haipendezi…” maneno yalimtoka Latifa Baridi ambaye alielekea kuchoshwa na kuchushwa na kasumba ya Ali Baya. Rafiki yake wa dhati.  Yapata ni…

A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE

By Cecy Gaitho “We are all gathered here to celebrate the life of a woman, whose contribution to the society is immeasurable…” The Master of Ceremony remarked, as he opened…

With You I Have Everything

I exist because Of your grace and mercy On this lowly creature Bearing the image of you   My body – this temple With amazing network Of blood, bones and…

STATE OF SIN

By Patrick Ngugi It was about a week before Mildred’s parents, Teresa and Dlamini, arrived from Durban and I was amazed at how fast the days were rushing. It was…

LET ME BE

Come on, you can do this, You should not stay down when you fall, Stand up, shake off the dust, Put a smile on that face and move on, You…

LIFE IS SO UNFAIR

By Muriki Meeme So far so sad I’m feeling bad Life is so unfair I’m still aware I have money problem And nowhere to call my home Lost in the middle…

THE PIRATES OF TERROR

By Muriki Meeme-The Poet The pirates of terror You fight the new error Kill by sword die by sword For evil and not for good You will get the same…

BALD BEAUTY

You lived your life to the fullest, We had all the fun we could, We sang and danced, Drunk to short, but happy life.   You never left anything to…

SHALL I?

By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna, Nigeria Shall I cry? I never know.   When she asked For my fate in her Empty self was to Make me hollow I never know.…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 4]

BETRAYAL By Jeddy Gibbs Ohanga Dinner was a mess, Corrine had set me up. Her man had come with a business associate. This guy was all over me like blue…

Honey coated revenge

By Cecy Gaitho I do not know why Sam Mateso crossed my mind that day. Probably, the thought was sparked by the call I had just received from my son…

SACRIFICE

By Anita W. She looked in the mirror, She could not recognize the woman looking back at her, So thin, emaciated, wrinkled and drained of life, The woman in the…

The Cherub of Juhudi School

By Yunita Cole Bali woke up, unable to sleep anymore. He then relieved himself and took a shower. He placed his uniform on his bed, ready to get dressed up.…

AND YOU THINK I’LL WAIT?

I must speak my mind Even if with closed eyes To avoid her mesmerizing eyes Which weaken my shaky knees When she looks and smiles at me Yes! Today I…

MAGGIE LISPER WAMAITSA

By Patrick Ngugi I finally met Maggie Lisper Wamaitsa after a decade of romantic letter exchanges, during which I even proposed and she accepted, and I promised I’d give her…

The Black Wine of Mama Pima

By Cecy Gaitho “Pewa kama mlivyo!” A clearly drunken voice shouted from the back of Mama Pima’s den. He spoke in a slurred manner, having spent the whole morning in…

SHARP BARGAIN

By Patrick Ngugi The tiny mosquito on the ceiling kept on growing fatter and fatter, its tiny tummy emitting a red glow, showing how full it was with the blood…

ONE MORE DRINK…

By Lilian Wairimu As he sits, Shaping his lips to an imagined love heart, His head droops down Down; is it the heavy thoughts? Or the drink before him, Stretching…

WHY FATHER… WHY!!? [PART TWO]

By Rehema Malemba I haven’t talked of my grandmother’s previous life, or have I? We were living with her in the city and she was enjoying herself and I’m sure…

BITTER SWEET VICISSITUDE

By Baya Osborn Change or vicissitude Awfully reassuring in its tidy reliance Something imminently bad must transpire Is it the enacting pain of Xenophobia? Is it Nairobi and Lusaka? Or…

Birds of Ng’ethe

By Nimo Kuria So this morning in Wakanda … having coffee… I’ve known her for awhile; the woman does well. Financially. But it’s from what I hear not what I…

MARRIED AN IMP

By Anita W. We stood by and watched jealously, As you were about to marry, For you we were happy, Yet we were feeling somehow empty, In our renowned singles’…

POLITICAL DANCE

By Muriki Meeme Political parties merge for a change Togetherness dance prevailing Good to see the big ship sailing Coalitions for a common goal Giving back to the people Getting…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 2]

By Jeddy Ohanga Blending In Next day I woke up in a strange but beautiful room painted in lime and orange. I was alone on a large bed neatly tucked…

The Pain In Her Voice [Part Two]

Get Part One HERE By Kemboi Victor Everyone seemed to have made a great discovery about me. Reverend Nyakundi could not believe that I could lay my hands on my…

BLOODTHIRST

By Patrick Ngugi “Ouch!” Travis Sakame muttered under his breath as the razor cut into his finger while he trimmed his nails. Unconsciously he put the finger in his mouth…

THE GIRL DOWNSTAIRS

By Kemboi Victor The rain that had kept me in bed for hours stopped and alternated with the warm rays of the chrome shaped yellow sun that beamed proudly from…

THERE YOU STAND ALL MAJESTIC

With a gleam in your eye There you stand all majestic With a determined stance Glowing…?   Majestic I once stood The gleam in my eye all but dull Majestic…

SECRETS FROM MY LOVE

By Kemboi Victor I first saw her from the waiting room being cleared by the secretary at the reception. She looked thin, tired, emaciated, stressed, unkempt and desperate. She was…

Night of Redemption

By Kemboi Victor At first Kipruto thought it was the normal wails that at times hit his village at night when thieves invaded. But on listening keenly, he realized it was…

HOME WRECKER

I saw how you used to stare at him, How you used to smile at him, Saw how you allured him to your bed, How you saw him secede his…

A Letter To Death

Hail King Death, Am sorry for all the times I wished you’d stop my breath, For all the days I wished you’d come faster, When I prayed for you to…

TWA TWA TWA

Na Hussein Kassim Husni Kazini ndicho kigezo, kuongeza mishahara Mabosi wana uwezo, kufanya twa kila mara Wanatiliwa vikwazo, walio kwenye ajira Twa twa twa ndio mchezo, twa hakika inakera  …

LET YOU GO!

By Anita W. I thought that it’ll be easy, I thought it’ll cost me nothing, Little did I know it’ll rob me peace, The only thing that kept me going,…

MUNANDA DAY

Saturday was reserved for going to munanda. Munanda is a cattle dip. All cows from within and outside the location, trode all the way to the munanda from all the…

A PRECIOUS THIEF!

How could you, You merciless thief, Leave me with nothing of my own, For all that I had, I showered it all on you.   Why don’t you get contented?…

A PLANET IN DREADFUL PAIN

The wicked winds waft westwards Granting a deluge of ill droplets Infected with myriad tiny monsters Which stop a planet in its tracks Graduating the learned into fools Baffling miracle…

THE RETURN

By Kemboi Victor When Benjamin Mugeni woke up, he was perturbed. For so many hours he had been sleeping and he could not reckon where he was. He thought he…

LEWIS WAMWANDA’S YOURS TRULY

BY SEBULENI Twenty-one year old Lewis Wamwanda, one of the Sebulenians has recently published a poetic novella, YOUR’S TRULY. The book was published by The Writer’s Pen, an organization founded…

GHOSTS OF HITLER

By Haruna Birniwa, Jigawa State, Nigeria You called her virus, l call her a war Indeed a great war of invisible weapon War of no gun no sword. Neither atomic…

LAMENTATIONS OF A SINKING SON

By Patrick Ngugi  You behold the horizon Scared of the sinking sun That darkens your soul N wish you could stop its flight Through the vast skies of time Dumping…

THE CURSE OF RWARE VILLAGE

By Cecy Gaitho The land of Gikuyu and Mumbi is blessed with an abundance of food. Mwene Nyaga is said to have met His people at the great Mt. Kenya…

THE HIGH HILL BREEZE

  By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna, Nigeria How massive and tall are you dear That the heavenly sky laid its body here And the mother earth envies your richness For all…

The Skeleton in the Closet

By Cecy Gaitho “The Forbes list of top 40 under 40 is out, and for the first time in history, a Kenyan is on the lead!” I cannot tell if…

THE LOVE BABY 2

By Nimo Kuria Triza Mpwe composed herself and sat up, facing Erick. “How are you feeling now?’” Erick enquired of her as he pulled the his seat closer. “My head…

A BIRTHDAY WITH A DIFFERENCE

By Yunita Cole I still wonder how I had managed to drive all the way from Londiani to Kitale and back on that day, without causing any fatalities amid this…

LET ME LOVE YOU

From the moment I laid my eyes on you, You have never left my mind, You made my mind and heart your home, You became my endless song, The rhythm…

Emmy Faraja

By Patrick Ngugi She was a homeless orphan. Cold, hungry, beaten, bruised and defiled. And she was only nine years old. Her usual place of abode, inside the huge and…

DAVID AND DIANA

By Patrick Ngugi The church was filled to the brim. I could not believe that I was standing here helplessly, watching David marry Diana. The service was almost over and…

THE RAINMAKER OF MODERN TIMES

BY: FAITH GIKUNDA, Meru Kenya There is a catastrophic crisis in the far, far away Gukena Village in the foot of Mount Kenya. There hasn’t been a single drop of…

THE POEM IN MY LIP

By Evelyn Ongogo The poem in my lip won’t fade with age Her melody ‘s like an arrow that dares the sun’s eyeball Waters of blue hue runs in the…

DOWN THE AISLE, OUT OF LIFE

By Kemboi Victor As I watched her walk down the aisle of the decorated church holding flowers against her tummy I admired her like the first time I saw her.…

GUILTY OF LOVING YOU

I saw how she was looking at you, I saw the smiles she was giving you, I saw how tight she was hugging you, How content she looked around you.…

A HOLE IN MY HEART

By Lewis Wamwanda When I was growing up At every dawn I woke up There was this woman at our gate I used to throw stones at her   Papa…

REVENGE

By Anita W. I came in the name of love, Gave every bit of myself to you, Every bit of my heart and love, Gave up my dreams and career,…

WORDS HAVE THEIR STORIES

INCOGNITO The ancient Greeks and Romans knew that there were times when you didn’t want to be recognized. For example, a myth tells how Zeus and Hermes visited a village…

THE PAST

By Muriki Meeme I’m moving on forward When I look backward There stands a heavy load It’s always hanging up on me I feel running out of energy So hard…

A MOMENT IN TIME

I watched the beautiful orange glow Of the sunset like I’ve always done, It spoke to my soul like it always has But today… It wasn’t as warm Like it used…

SIKUKUU Vs AUNT WAITHERERO

By Mundia Ngumi Let me first acknowledge our peers who because of various unavoidable circumstances were unable to celebrate the holidays. Here are some of the happenings that occurred when…

A GOD YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

Dogs howled in agony, Crickets sang dirges in ceremonial voices, Little Janie stood at the balcony, Amidst the pleading noises, Ready to call it quits, to life’s irony.   She…

OUR VILLAGE GIRL’S TRIP TO ROME

BY Winfred Nyokabi So, somehow, no idea how, I found myself in Vatican. The ultimate dream for a recent Catholic convert! All those stories I heard and read about the…

A WEIGHTY MATTER INDEED

By Julius Mundia Mrs Mbugu drives a black Harrier 3.0. She dresses in Turkey skirt suits always matching with lingerie, shoes and other accessories. She always does her shopping in…

MY NEW OLD FRIEND

It all began with the fears of the unknown, While being overconfident in my future. Here I was ready to tackle the world and grab it by its old horns.…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 1]

By Jeddy Gibbs Ohanga How we met Many years back I had a girlfriend called Corrine. We were very close confidants and our friendship was beyond human comprehension. I loved…

CLOSELY APART

By Kemboi Victor When our eyes met she frowned. Her hands then started to shake like those of an alcoholic. If I am not wrong, she was also feeling some…

INVISIBLE ENEMY

By Faith Gikunda [Meru, Kenya] Huge, dark and ugly, it crashes in Invading our world mercilessly Without warning or slightest care Affecting generations all over His steps are firm and…

GONE TOO SOON

Today could have been your sixteenth birthday, Even in your absence you still have been close to me, Close to my heart and soul, A special bond still exists between…

THE END OF THE BARGAIN [Pt 2]

By Kemboi Victor I should tell my father to help me bring Tina back, I thought later and relaxed. My father had just retired from the army and he had…

DEPRESSION’S DOUBLE TROUBLE

By Mundia Ngumi “Kuja hapa, mkora hii”, [Come here you vagabond] a hoarse voice shouted from behind me. I could sense urgency and danger. My sixth sense alerted me to…

MELANIN

By Marxie Douglas Dark, sparkling and still dark.. Lovely with amazing tone.. Tickling the soul this shade.. Does it terrify?   It alludes to sexiness.. Envy among the colours.. It…

FULLMOON BOULEVARD MOTEL

By Patrick Ngugi The dark grey clouds that had hung precariously over the sky most of the afternoon finally made way for a clear and somehow chilly twilight that was…

ZENTA’S TATTOO [Part 3]

By Patrick Ngugi He opened his eyes, and this time the lights scorched his eyes. He let out a sharp scream and shut them tightly. He tried to lift his…

The Highway Monitor

By Kemboi Victor Our matatu jerked to a halt at Ngoini market bus terminus few minutes past 6pm. The passengers alighted and took different directions. Since I was late, I…

24 Parenting Websites that Pay Writers

Writers! Are you a parent, do you know parents, or do you have parents? Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll be interested in getting paid to write about parenting. The following is a…

LONG BEFORE ACADEMY…

By Mundia Ngumi It’s 5.00am on a Friday morning of July 1984. I wake up naturally without an alarm, and prepare myself for school. It’s drizzling, chilly and misty. I…

GUARDIAN ANGELS Part Two

I entered my cubicle hurriedly and realized Terry was lying on the floor motionless. It seemed like the situation had gone from bad to worse. I knelt next to her,…

I’M BACK DARLING, I’M BACK

Light showers and slight breezes Sent me shivering and drifting Away from you Seeking sunshine and warmth In foreign waters and lands   The grass was green and luscious On…

KINYUA’S PSEUDO-QUARANTINE

By Mundia Ngumi Kinyua is tongue tied this morning. He has been caught squarely like a deer in it’s trap. Kinyua, whose drinking has always been habitual since he got…

I MISS ME

I have done many things, To be who you think I am, I have borrowed clothes, Shoes and handbags, Money to make my hair and do make up, You have…

Precious Sweet Memories

By Anita Wairimu As I stand here today, where you took me on our first date, so young, naive and shy and also so in love. You couldn’t look me…