Alek Wek

Bald and black Beautiful and unblemished How the cradle of the Nile Spawned a beauty so breathtaking Who became a muse to a million eyes, Who gazed at Africa with reflection. And from the basin of the Nile There rose a black pearl, As vividly Negro as any African was, And still burned a million…

Black Pride

You have your roots To the Mandinka tribe in Gambia Chained by the white man, ferried by ship Made to work in a cotton farm for a lowly existence as a slave. And now, you see black pride Everywhere you look. The barber shops, The board rooms, poet laureates, Basketball courts, stages of song and…

Cleavage

The unborn sin Takes its cue from the apple tree And extrapolates the fine art of revelation To embryonic desire, in the beholder Sometimes apples, those benefactors of lust Are just an expression of womanhood No riddles to solve, no invitations to grapple with No confectionery to indulge in. Only the implicit clarity, That what…

Modesty

There are statements of the flesh That are estranged from the sexual revolution The mantillas, the hijabs and many more That preserve queendoms of the flesh Inside thick-walled ramparts. And there are places too, oases, wonderlands That are clouded by the cover of garments Battling the expectations of the Neanderthal mind Red carpets with flesh…

Ginger

My wife lost her pet dog recently. She was Ginger, a sausage dog Cuddly, attention-seeking, lovable And always trotting towards my wife For some “us” time. And she welcomed me too, with tenderness She never barked at me, perhaps knowing, That I would be the caretaker of my wife And she mine. We loved that…

Patience

My mother is a prime example of order. How she arranges the kitchen or makes the Grocery list – milk powder, salted fish  Dhal, rice and a little packet of salty pappadams And whenever I go shopping with her I’m always amazed at her patience, calmly, like an old Austin car, Going through the racks…

Gay Pride 3

Did you know that Sodom and Gomorrha Was the location for the garden of Eden? The privileged few, the farmers who reared livestock, Destroyed by the wrath of god…… Over here in San Francisco, there is no fire and brimstone Only the descendants of Sodom and Gomorrah, Free from eternal damnation, Walking on genderless asphalt-paved…

Gay Pride 2

Evolution works on the principle Of natural selection. Darwin said that long ago. What is less cumbersome to select Than one generation of perfect symmetry What no gamete can aspire To protract beyond the point of lapse. How beautiful is the bush with two colorful birds Or two fluffy-eared jack rabbits? And how endearing is…