Burqa

I love clothes. This means I have to avert my eyes most times to avoid spending. What they call impulse buying. I have them in hordes, these clothes. Clothes I bought not because they go with another article in my closet, but because they would serve me one day, one time. You will never see…

Under

Today would have been your birthday. No. Today is your birthday. Is this the grey area they reserve for people like me who can’t seem to move on? I want to say Happy Birthday but I know I shouldn’t. Or should I? Which is the black to the white here? I am suddenly colour blind…

Rolling

When the rest of the world was busy wrestling each other to the ground on the aisles of supermarkets to see who will fill their shopping trolley with the most rolls, eyes were transfixed watching. Their children’s.Their spouses’.Their friends’.Their collagues’.Heck, even their dogs’ witnessed this atrocity from the back of the cars they had been…

Code Red

Not enough of us know about periods. Even us who have them keep learning something new with each coming cycle. At least I can admit this much. Several years ago, I was watching an interview on jobs. The feature was highlighting the different jobs people hold. The particular episode was of trash collectors. They gave…

Masked

I really wanted to bask in the glory of your gaze,Your roving eyes taking in every inch of my face. Insisting on pushing away the locke of hair I fashion to cover half of my face. Making me blush as your eyes draw in both of mine. Slow like the effects they put in soap…

Stripped

The scale I have stepped on is glaring at me with a 5-kilogram increase on top of my initial weight. I stand on it a while, letting the kilograms pound panic into my system. It doesn’t budge. It keeps score at five. 1, 2,…5 whole kilograms! Many newborn babies amount to 3.7 so I am…

Cloaked

Love. The automatic thought when the heart is mentioned. Unless you are studying the organ in class or dissecting its parts in a laboratory, pumping blood will not be what floats to your oblongata. Unless you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Or belong to the crowd where rigidity is the way to live. So much so…

Dip

I have watched parents leaving their children behind as they go to work or attend to PG rated social events, convincing them that they could have taken them along. The big because why they were being abandoned was they had not taken a shower. For the cardinal rule of existence dictates, the outside is matched…

This Instant!

The first time it happened, I was a love-struck high school girl, focused not on my Chemistry equations but the chemistry of emotions. After the holidays, I would spend the first two weeks fantasizing, narrating and dreaming about the boys I engaged. And most importantly, those who engaged me. Like most of my schoolmates, my…

Breathe.

You will hear of breathing, air and death before they teach you anything. They will wait until you have lived a full decade to teach you the inner workings of your body. They will go to the complexities of it, like bronchioles. Later on, they will break down the percentages of air to nitrogen, oxygen,…