VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY

KINDNESS, it’s such a simple thingAnd yet we speak of it as if it was the benevolence of kingsDIGNITY, such a basic qualityAnd yet we are in awe of it like it was the Pope’s homilyCOURAGE, the gritty stuff of warriors!We speak of it like it was an unmasterable barrierHONESTY, its translucence, and its shadesContinue reading “VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY”

KIDSBOOKS | AXOLOTL THE SALAMANDER

There once was a salamander That lived near Mexico CityShe had baby pink feathery gillsAnd was really rather prettyShe was called AxolotlAfter the crazy Aztec god Who changed into a salamander To avoid the blade of the swordBut Axie was a wise amphibianshe was already ten years old She swam in the waters of herContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | AXOLOTL THE SALAMANDER”

KIDSBOOKS | THE CURIOUS LITTLE AYE AYE

The Aye Aye is a primate That lives in Madagascar She lives in trees and won’t come downNo matter how graciously you ask herShe has big round yellow eyesThat are her torches in the nightThey help her look for juicy bugsThat are hiding out of sight.Tap tapping with her fingers longShe knocks on the trunksContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE CURIOUS LITTLE AYE AYE”

KIDSBOOKS | SPARKLEMUFFIN THE SPIDER

There was once a spider smallHe was only a quarter inch tallBut what he lacked in height and strengthHe made up for with his confidence He was quite an exceptional dancerA funny leg shaker, a cheerful prancerHe had bright blue and red stripes on himThis happy little spider called SparklemuffinSparklemuffin was always showing offHis marvellousContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SPARKLEMUFFIN THE SPIDER”

KIDSBOOKS | DUMBO THE OCTOPUS

Dumbo was an octopus Who lived on the ocean floor He was the cutest little thing And had elephantine ears But they were not really ears you seeJust fins that flopped aboutHe looked like Dumbo the elephantSo that’s also the name he got Dumbo the little cephalopod Was as lonely as can beHe didnt mindContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | DUMBO THE OCTOPUS”

VERSE|THE QUIET TEA BAG

There was once a teabag The orange pekoe kind more shy and timid little leavesWould be hard to find. She sat in her little bowl With all her other tea friends Raspberry and ChamomileAnd Lemon tea with mintThey tried to talk to O. PekoeBut she would turn awayWrapping her little string around her filter-paper sachetContinue reading “VERSE|THE QUIET TEA BAG”

VERSE| THE MARRIAGE SCH(R)EME

To those who are blissfully wed, may no ones words or odes tear you asunder; to those who are still unshackled, forewarned is forearmed; to those who are in blissless contractual unions, here’s more food to ruminate, ponder and fret over 🤓 Someone asked me why we love, the way we love; Someone asked me,Continue reading “VERSE| THE MARRIAGE SCH(R)EME”

VERSE | HAVE YOU EVER JOY-IMAGINED?

Have you ever woken up some days with a spring in your step?A smile on your lips and a gladness in your heart?When that first mug of coffee tastes satisfyingly divineWhen the day just gets off to a really good start?It’s on days like that when my imagination tooWakes up laughing, grins at me andContinue reading “VERSE | HAVE YOU EVER JOY-IMAGINED?”

VERSE| WE, THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN – Part Two

This is a tribute of determination, hope and new beginnings not only for the Pakistani women, but for all the heroic women around the world who are speaking out and standing up for themselves against all manner of cruel and brutal patriarchy. It is also a testimonial and a resounding voice of support for thoseContinue reading “VERSE| WE, THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN – Part Two”

VERSE | THE SHADES OF LONELINESS

I’ve seen the colours of lonelinessI’ve seen their moldering facesI’ve seen them fill the keening voids Of our broken, scattered places.It’s the grey of the sky just before it descendsIn blinding cascades Of granite and slate While waiting for that one special friend of the heart Who’s gone an infinite distance apart.Gone forever; not comingContinue reading “VERSE | THE SHADES OF LONELINESS”