Of Broken Glass Ceilings ( by Nafula Wafula)

One day, I will tell these tales to my daughter. Tales of glass ceilings, shattered by brave women. Women who wield pens and bright minds, courage and the strongest will. Women who would have ridden in on horse backs with shouts of defiance proudly drawing their swords against centuries of entrenched patriarchy if this were…

From Foetus to Woman

(Audio recording included)   We were foetuses when they mapped out our lives some of us would glide through birth canals break open wombs announce our arrival in bold wails we were born protesting then to be shushed at entry and later made to believe our voices mattered little   some of us in luckless…

Urban Unconscious

She saw him last night Taunting his other in road rage Swerved his anger to the right Blocking the passage to a new page As “other” jumped out his unconscious skin And leaped to release his anger from its cage Hopeful in the display of a punch win To counter the defeat of a verbal…

My Mother’s Prayer

A dedication to my rock, my anchor. My mother’s prayers Palms clasped with many hopes Eyes sealed with visions Bended knees carrying my weight Praising lips singing hymns   My mother’s prayers Open as a soaring field Faith dashing across hills Wherever I am Wherever she goes Wrapped in her petition To the God To the…

Make It Happen

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” — Roseanne Barr Make it happen That is the theme Another year, another ‘one’ day Celebrating women’s achievements Calling for equality Make it happen They say Though you and I know That she is beyond a day That she…

Nightmares that Eat You Alive

A dedication to Hanna Lalango and many other victims and survivors of gender based violence. (Audio recording included). When darkness swallows light And the predators come out in day or night And a girl and a woman’s plight Begin to dim along with everyone’s sight   When a perpetrator casts his demonic gaze When families…

She that Dreams

She that dreams has built a nation Her ideas the pillars and foundation Lodged in the crevice of her imagination She that dreams is the engine of transformation   She that dreams has dared to touch a heart Her words the carriage that draws the cart Enabling others to draw their art She that dreams…