Stories

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…

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…

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…

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…

ULTIMATE TRUTH

BY Hussein Kassim “Son, tell me you like her!” These are words that do not seem to fade from my dad’s mouth. Not anytime soon. He keeps insisting that the…

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…

JO NAPOT, FROM HUNGARY…

The Diary of a Kenyan Village girl in Europe… Jo napot, greetings from the land of cayenne pepper! Yes, so far I know ten Hungarian words. So, let me continue…

THE WASTED BLAST

By Patrick Ngugi I am not sure what made me notice her. Was it her tall gawky appearance, or the totally black outfit she wore, the black jeans trouser and…

Like tracks of a railway line

On a rainy chilly Thursday evening Limping from yet another interview Broke as an orphaned church mouse I was drenched to the skin for I couldn’t afford even kid umbrella…

GONE TO PIECES

By Evelyne Ongogo Okoth The world has gone to pieces Little remnants of glory trickle down our feet As we desperately watch a world That was once full of bliss…

THERE WILL BE A STORM TONIGHT

BY NIMO KURIA Cliff has been thinking of moving out, moving out of his father’s compound. But those aren’t exactly his thoughts… They are from his wife to be. It’s…

GLOBAL WARMING

By Margueritte Pitjeng What is the definition of love I ask? Imprudent and dunked in a pool of acid is what you replied Selling yourself to the depths of happiness…

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…

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.…

MID-LEVEL MANAGEMENT

You are allowed to spend. Ok. Sparingly. Ok. Why aren’t you spending? Because you said.. That you SHOULD spend, sparingly. Ok. I mean, you MUST spend. Ok. Your budget must…

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…

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…

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…

BELLA’S SURPRISE

By Kemboi Victor I have been sitting at Barizi Gardens for over an hour waiting for my friend Sam to arrive from the other side of Eldoret town, where he had…

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…

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…

I LEAVE YOU TO KARMA

I gave you my heart wholly, I didn’t think twice while giving it to you, I trusted you with it, Thought you deserved it.   I gave up my all,…

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…

DESIDERATUM

By  Evelyne Ongogo I won’t keep words that harm Nor sneers that hurt I won’t carry a tool of despise Nor attend a school of spite I haven’t a space…

Different Shades of Red

By Anita Wairimu I stood before a mirror; I could hardly recognize the woman who was staring back at me. She was withdrawn, drained, and her eyes were hollow. She…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’…

THE EMBATTLED MAN

By Mundia Ngumi We, men, were raised up being taught and believing that solely, we are the head, the leader, the patriarch, family breadwinners, and the sole providers. Now, things…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

BECAUSE I’M HUMAN

By Muriki Meeme Because I’m human I have got mind of my own I know the pain of oppression I know the pain of rejection How it feels when betrayed…

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…

FURS THAT STING [Part two]

By Borusei Kipkirui, Bomet, Kenya I never cared. Women are just some lumps of poisonous vipers moulted on a doves beak. I know you have ever seen women, who in…

Grave Matter

  By Patrick Ngugi Hackson Mukora didn’t think it funny although a crooked grin spread across his face as if he was enjoying the macabre joke that was sending his…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

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  …

    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,…

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.…

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…

The Journey from self to Self

By Patrick Ngugi [Uthiru, Kabete, Kenya] Stillness surrounding And   transcending all In loud sprawling silence Consciousness… That powerful stillness Cool and refreshing Like clear still water That really runs deep…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

MA-BENA

By Aslam Bamba, Tamale, Ghana Ma-bena The pages of night flips so noisely that I do nothing only to be caught  sketching your beauty on the sketchpad of my fragile…

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…

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…

MIDNIGHT WHISPERS

Whisper to me the stories of midnight When the moon is lonely and all alone at night Murmur to me the folk tales of the night When the sounds of…

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…

TUNNELS

By Margueritte Pitjeng What is darkness you ask? Darkness is how you hold a pen Within the confines of your fingers Trying to scribble down your first alphabet. Its how…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

THE IRRITATION THAT SAVED DANIEL

By Yunita Cole; Nairobi Kenya   “Conductor. Mbona umetuletea dereva amelewa?” an authoritative, albeit high pitched voice sought to know why the driver was drunk. Daniel turned to catch a glimpse…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 5]

THE TRAP BY Jeddy Gibbs Ohanga We discussed the issue like two grown-ups and agreed on the way forward. His idea made sense and I agreed to it. Meanwhile I…

INAMA IS REAL

By Mundia Ngumi It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon in the outskirts of the city. I’m slowly sipping my favourite drink, at my favourite joint, with my mind disengaged, wondering about…

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…

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…

A Carpenter’s Easter Song…

[Crucified on my cross] Two crosses and a half Lay in the carpentry – wasted Waiting for the next victim On Pilate’s death row   Business was that bad Not…

STREET LIFE

By Muriki Meeme Life stuck on a edge Young at tender age Stranded on wrong path   Hatred he couldn’t understand Notwithstanding his stressed mind When dad declined the truth…

THE MASKS OF LOVE

By Evelyn Ongogo They say Love is red That Love isn’t blue or Green, Or purple, or Indigo, Or yellow or Orange! But why Red? Isn’t Red, the colour of…

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…

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…

BURIANI KEN WALIBORA

NA HUSSEIN M KASSIM Kama ni machozi, basi yanitoka kapakapa Kama ni jitimai, sonono haliniishi Mawazo na fikra? Ni mkururo baada ya mwingine.   Tanzia ya kifo chake baba Kennedy…

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…

GOOD FOR EVIL [Part Two]

By Kemboi Victor By morning the following day I had acquired everything Madam Boswony had demanded of me. I walked to the Transfil Plaza, room 211, Worldwide Internet Company offices…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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 LONG WAIT

By Patrick Ngugi His clothes, though clean were so crumpled, you’d think he had slept in them. But then, he was perhaps, the cleanest beggar I have ever seen. He…

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,…

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…

  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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LOVE STUPOR

By Anita W. One look in your eyes and I get lost in your gaze, I see heaven in your eyes, I swim in the ocean of love there in,…

THE ACCIDENT 

By Yunita Cole; Nairobi Kenya I think therefore I am. This was all that could cross my mind at that moment. I am indeed, but where? In what state? Certainly…

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…

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 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…

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…

TRUST

I’m not talking about the corrupted trust word C, no. I’m talking about real trust. That word hardly exists in this country. Trust is rare. The corporates that could be…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

ANOTHER CHANCE

I did not know loving you so much could turn to this, I don’t know when this love turned to jealousy, I don’t know when I became this dangerous, That…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

TOO LATE TO COME BACK

By Anita W., Kiambu, Kenya It’s been five years, Five years since you walked out of my life, Five years of heartache, Five years since you crushed my heart into…

HARLOTRY

By MWANIKI WA MURIUKI Here, these lovers of off-lights lust These that at night their thighs greedily thirst From every unlit lounge they buzz and burst Like termites after finally,…

LEND ME YOU

By Patrick Ngugi Is it you? Or my eyes? Bewitching me? Or Anxiety in my heart Spinning my dazed head Every time I see you In the eyes of mind…

MABAO KADHAA

By Marxie Douglas, Bungoma, Kenya Hii mekuwa skendo, mabao kufungwafungwa.. Kenya kote Ni vishindo, mipira kugongwagongwa.. Viroja hivi vitendo, vitoto vyapondwapondwa.. Takwimu zimeonyesha, kuna mabao kadhaa..   Tangu skuli zifungwe,kutokana…

Tell my wife to marry Samuel

By Anita Nimmo As I look into those big, brown and beautiful eyes, they look like they can see right through me. Cold tears roll down my face as I…

DO NOT CRY

Do not cry my darling For I waited for too long Do not cry Because you thought too long Was not really so long But my heart remained open Do…

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.  …

BENEDICT, JULIUS AND ME

By Patrick Ngugi His warm and tender embrace melts away all the anxiety of the past six years. In his arms nothing matters. Suddenly his six year disappearance means nothing.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

BLACK SKIN IN MY SONG

By Evelyn Okoth Ongogo Hate her or love her Love her or hate her But she remains my centre of passion She is the pot Where my life’s concoction brews…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ANSWER FOR CANCER

By Muriki Meeme The illness claiming lives of many This is alarming state of  emergency Answer for cancer is everyone’s worry In this twenty first century As I share this…

I STILL WILL WRITE

I wrote on the first page of my life, A poem about the grumpy midwife, In whose hands I had come to birth, And momma had to endure her wrath.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

SO FAR YET SO CLOSE

By Anita W. At times I wonder, How do things happen? Why do they happen anyway? It all leaves me bewildered, And can make one go insane.   Life is…

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…

THE JOURNEY FROM self TO SELF

By Patrick Ngugi [Kiambu, Kenya] Stillness surrounding And   transcending all In loud sprawling silence Consciousness… That powerful stillness Cool and refreshing Like clear still water That really runs deep Experiencing……

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.  …

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…

FURS THAT STING

By BORUSEI KIPKIRUI Some memories are hard to be kept without scorching one’s heart, and one particular memory etched in his mind. The sun blazing hot, sweltering temperatures on that…