The Love We Give
The Love We Give

Welcoming them to the darkest hole in my heart
Stretched arms with fisted hands
Heart-killer who cares not:
Death is eternal.

We love
Rolling the sweet nothings with tongues
That neither care, nor
Care to care
The lies maim to kill.

We make love
Drinking from unwashed cups
Tounged kisses sucking the air;
Kisses with no love
Only fire to consume our souls to eternal hell,
The love only external.

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Breaking another Heart
Breaking another Heart

I am breaking another heart
and I know it;
She doesn’t know I lie with dilated pupils.
When I tell her to be careful of people whose pupils dilate when they lie
she doesn’t believe my truth

“Come with me.”
She thinks it’s an invitation;
She’ll cry through the lock
round the clock
Wondering why I left.

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The Dark Night of My Heart
The Dark Night of My Heart

When the angel of death plotted my death, he convinced me to be patriotic. I sat at a makeshift desk and signed attestation forms and, months later, took the Oath of Allegiance. In Somalia, the world floated cloud-like upon the billowing smokes of explosions; my eyes stung from the combustion of gunpowder. Scarlet blood seeped

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She is Afraid of Love
She is Afraid of Love

She is afraid of love     that requires making      when she is licked           and wet Locks click      and the door to her womanhood closes. The pain is a sword,       tears asunder the pleasure She cries her heart and soul       and her brain shuts To

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God Answered My Prayer
God Answered My Prayer

Every time there is news of another ambush, another IED attack, against KDF troops, I pray: God, don’t let my children lose their father, don’t make me a widow.

Today I woke up to a thousand and one WhatsApp messages, Twitter and Facebook notifications, and ‘I-tried-calling-yous’ from family and friends: the worst of al-Shabaab attack on a Kenya Defence Forces’ position in Somalia.

I prayed: If soldiers have to die, let him not be amongst them. Kill others, but not him.

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Maimun
Maimun

She’s behind a wall so high that I couldn’t climb but I’m going to wait outside to see Maimun. She’s my moon and I’m her night time when she comes out and lets me see beneath her burqa. Maimun takes it off:           her burqa           her shash           her dirac and lets me see

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Sky Wars
Sky Wars

Planet Spyria, Spyria Year 4720, Spyria High Council meeting. The alien High Command took his seat. He looked at those present through his compound eyes, his mouth a thin line. “We are the guardians of the galaxies,” his voice boomed. “The Multiverse is safe because of us.” Every council member nodded in agreement. “Our artificial

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You Were Mine
You Were Mine

You’re light,           the kind that came in through a crack on the wall. You’re hope,           the kind that hung around when all was gone. I was happy,           the kind that you knew was somewhere deep within,           even though you didn’t feel it then. You’re mine,           the kind that I wasn’t

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Unbroken Happiness
Unbroken Happiness

I woke up with a start. The smell of burning flesh congested the air. I did not know it was my skin singeing until I screamed in pain. I’m dying. Oh God, please no. I can’t breathe. My body gave to unknown force, and fell into a dark abysmal hole, head first. “You left me,”

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Cracked Hearts
Cracked Hearts

The last time I saw Maimun words poured out of me like water squeezed from a sponge. She covered my mouth with hers as if to swallow a terrible curse that would come back to afflict us. “Forget us, forget me,” she said. Upon us was the moment of partying— my heart cracked. “I will

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