Here Comes The Shame

In the cover of darkness, everything is clear. Everything is polite. Everyone is your friend. All occupants of the night space work together to make it comfortable. The watchman opens the gate for you, not bothering with your name but opting for the easier, universal ‘Mrembo’ instead. The waiter smiles at you as he refills your glass. The man in […]

Ending The Pregnancy

“I am pregnant”. I watch you mouth the words. You are pregnant. Pregnant. For a few seconds, this word does not make sense to me. It sounds foreign. Greek? Pregnant? I don’t recognize it, nor understand what it means. I am not sure I have heard it before. Have I? I mouth the word myself. To taste its flavour upon […]

I Miss Being Single And Lonely

Dear husband, This letter is copied to all the boys masquerading as men; men who mistakenly think they are God’s gift to women; to husbands who don rings yet do not understand what being a husband entails; and every married man who is a disappointment to his wife. Remember when I was single? You noticed me in a crowd of […]

When Love Left

Chances, if you are married, are that one day you will sit in a courtroom next to your lawyer – who will possibly be a man. Across from you, facing you, eyes unwavering, gaze steely, will sit a man you will wish to have never met, with his lawyer – possibly a lady. You will try to rival the man’s […]

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 […]