This is Africa

This morning I find myself reminiscing about my trip to Africa in 2008. What a glorious, beautiful time it was. The zebra stretches its patterned neck into the sky,while the giraffe meets its friends across the water. I think that it is an illusion, as I sip my coffee on the verandah, and watch its [...]

It’s a One-of-a-kind One-Liner…

In the last poetry class I took, we learned about aphorisms, which are one liners that contain a generalization about life or a topic, and are usually clever/witty and impactful. According to Lawhimsy.com, an aphorism is: There are many bloggers out there that are skilled at the art of creating these witty one liners. One [...]

An Indomitable Force

Every year I take part in CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes, an event that raises awareness about what women and girls go through in developing countries, and that supports women’s empowerment projects. This story describes my walk in Ottawa in 2018. I wasn’t feeling it this time around. I was in a new city [...]

Mary Oliver: A Celebration of Life

One of my favourite poets, Mary Oliver, passed away yesterday at age 83 from lymphoma. Her poems have a way of speaking to the deepest truths inside of you, in a way that makes you dream, burst with joy, and sometimes makes you reflect with sadness. She didn't have an easy life - she grew [...]

In 2019, Let Your Spirit Shine

Happy New Year everyone!!! Hope your 2019 is off to a wonderful start. Have you set any new year’s resolutions this year? Here's my list - it's actually hard to narrow it down to just 10! Overambitious much? ;-) Some of them are carry-overs from last year - the ones I didn't complete (thank god [...]

A Matter of Speed

It's been awhile since I've written a poem in my favourite form, the triolet. I love free form poetry, but I also enjoy writing based on a particular structure, where the rules are defined (rhyming, rhythm, alliteration), and all you have to do is imagine and play with the words until it all comes together. [...]