I’m Sorry

I started to write a letter to you the other day. I thought I was ready. So I powered up my computer and flexed my fingers ready to start typing. I knew what I wanted to say. I had given the letter a title. I’m sorry. It was an apology letter. Naturally, those are the first words I typed. I’m […]

One Day She Will Turn 40

She calls you Daddy. A word that only leaves her mouth when she really needs something that only you can provide. Otherwise, if she can find it somewhere else, she’d rather look somewhere else. Because as much as she calls you Daddy, she also calls you Fear. Now she plays with flowers and butterflies. She mixes mud with water to […]

Forgive Me For Not Crying

I haven’t cried yet. I know you are no more. If nothing else, the conspicuous casket that is stealing all the thunder in today’s gathering is a dead giveaway – pardon the pun. I know that after today, after we lower you to the open ground that is waiting to swallow you up, I will never see your face again. […]

Stained Sheets

The white sheets have blood stains on them. I leave the bed and head to the living room downstairs. I find him, sitting on the couch, his hands cradling his head. The heels of his legs move up and down as if afraid to touch the floor. He is shaking. He is mumbling something. I watch him get up and […]

Behind The Closed Door

Domestic violence is a preserve of closed doors. Both perpetrator and victim will always strive to keep that door firmly shut. Do you remember that video of a man who slapped his pregnant wife in full view of their neighbours? Feeling all ninja, he decided to drag her back into the house, he closed the door and beat her to […]

He is abusive, do you dare leave him?

You’ve believed every lie he’s told you: That he loves you, that he cares for you and wants nothing more than to make you happy. (And I am reminded of the first verse from Daughtry’s Feels like Tonight – but that is neither here nor there.) You’ve gone ahead and fallen in love with him, head over heels. You’ve had his […]

Do Not Resuscitate

When patients are seriously ill or terminally ill, CPR may not work or may only partially work, leaving the patient brain-damaged or in a worse medical state than before the heart stopped.  In these cases, some patients prefer to be cared for without aggressive efforts at resuscitation upon their death. A patient, family member or friend may consent to a […]