DANGLING CARROT—BAIT

I had a gist with a friend and I’m sharing this with his permission. “She keeps telling me she wants to have sex. I think she’s just dangling the carrot. In my head, I really don’t know if should give in or not. I likened him to a mule; a stick is tied to the…

SAPPHIRE(Chapter 12)

Someone spoke to her. “Anti” She burst into frustrated tears. “I came here to learn Yoruba ways and work here!” The man switched to English as easily as someone might strip off a glove and toss it aside. “Are you unwell?” “No. I’m unemployed. I’m looking for work.” She apologized and wiped her face. The…

LAZINESS

I WILL—TO WILL IS TO DO I remember growing up with these words from my mother; having a strong desire(intention) for doing is not same as getting things done. I want you to picture this scenario; imagine your young daughter tugs on your skirt repeatedly with a tight grip then pleads that you guide her…

SAPPHIRE (CHAPTER 11)

Sapphire received a letter from Precious ten days later. I saw your father and mother in church. Your brother came, too. Jane didn’t. Most people think she went back to work. Of course, she hasn’t. I asked your mother if I might come to call on Jane. She asked how much you had told me…

MY MISSION, MY PLAN

Happy New Year! There is something about the beginning of the new year that just calls for planning and dreaming. The new year gives ‘official’ calendar changing permission to leave the old behind and begin anew. Well, i love the new year. This time of year is full of fresh beginnings and excitement of things…

NOT ENOUGH LOVE

Love is the inherent nature of life, the goal of life and the beginning of life as well. Love knows no limits, no boundaries, and no limitations. It is unconditional, limitless, and always flowing. Love includes keenness to commit, forgive and be forgiven, to engage in and maintain understanding. It asks us to open ourselves…

OBSESSION(2); What do I do?

It’s so sad that obsessiveness has been romanticized in literature for centuries, as well as by the media, once the media came into existence. From the correlative suicides of Romeo and Juliet to even many of the most recent romantic movies, being obsessed with the object of one’s love is often held up as something…

SAPPHIRE (CHAPTER 10)

Sapphire still shook with rage as she walked alongside Jane, holding her hand as she carried both their bags. She didn’t need to ask any more questions. Jane walked with her head down, her hand clammy with sweat. Sapphire thanked God her sister had at least managed to stop crying. “Smile and say hello, Jane.”…

OBSESSION; How much is too much?

In the recent past, a friend and i were glancing through some old photos of our other friends she had lying on her desk. Several of them were of one particular friend of ours, tending to various chores for the camera. “That’s how I remember her,” my friend said. “She was obsessed with having everything…

Take a breather

It’s easy for us to drown in the sea of day-to-day activities. Some of us, myself included, become so immersed in everyone and everything with a sense of urgency and expediency; we become almost mechanical “beings,” executing tasks just to complete them. It’s almost as if catching a breath of air, and not a forced…

SAPPHIRE (CHAPTER 9)

“What’s wrong?” Sir Amos was slicing onion. “You look ill.” “My sister needs me.” She shoved the letter into her skirt pocket. “I have to go.” “Now?” She raced into her small bedroom and threw a few things into her shoulder bag. I’ll be back as soon as I can.” “Go tomorrow. ” Sir Amos…

Prematurity; what do I want?

“What do I want?” It is a question many people ask themselves often, even though there generally is no clear answer. After all, everyone wants something different in life because interests differ between individuals. Some people still ask themselves this question in their old age feeling unsatisfied with how they have lived their lives. Some…