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 […]

He Turned Me Into A Man

A woman in love. That is who I was. Was that so wrong? I was living my very normal, very womanly life and getting on with it quite well. I was financially independent. Done with school. Done with University. A good job under my sleeves. And now I was ready to try men, marriage and children. I was ready for […]

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 […]

For the sake of the children

I know a woman. She is in her fifties. Life has taken its toll on her for she looks nothing like the vibrant, beautiful girl she used to be. She loved life. She was adventurous and playful –  was even somewhat of a bully in school. She was the life of the party, leader of the ‘gang’. She was a […]