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The first time I cut myself I couldn’t go through with it, It was supposed to be a straight line across my wrist Just like the article said.  But I cut it barely halfway and started yelping in pain,  But for a moment, the pain coursing through my body made me forget the pain etched into my heart.  -____ The second time I cut myself, I went all the way. 

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Resuming Slavehood

I love my grandmother so much and I know not many people say this but I want to be like my grandmother.  When I wish to look at a human being who is epitome of love, I look at her. You know how everyone says, ‘I want to impact lives of people in the world’ but in their everyday lives, they are so mean and impatient? That’s not how my

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For the one who dabbles in Yahoo Yahoo; Yahweh is available.  *** For the one who is on the run and is wanted The shephered who causes us not to want is available.  *** For the oppressed; the one who is being lorded over.  The Lord of lords is available.  *** For the one who gets high just to get by The Most High is available. *** For the one

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Nice Dress

Something weird happened in church today.  When I got to church, the usher lead me to sit beside this really handsome young man. I sat. My pastor had just climbed to the pulpit and the pre-word worship was just ending. He looked into the crowd and smiled. It was queer because most people still wore solemn expressions on their faces, but he said, ‘Good morning beautiful people. Please look to

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Marriage: Traffic Rules

I love my mother-in-law.  I know that’s not something you hear so much of, in the black community but it’s the truth for me. I was scared at first too and perhaps I was too scared of her that the more important things eluded me as I got married. More important things like; acknowledging that my husband and I are not perfect human beings and marriage is not a perfect

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Me and My Strength 

We used to be best pals before; me and my strength. I would wake up in the morning and I didn’t even need to tell it –  it would already be coursing through my mental, physical body, gearing me up for the day.  If I wanted to resist eating something I realized I was getting addicted to, I’d just tell my strength to get it out of the way for

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2004: Mr Goke

Prompt: Feb 24 Buffalo nickel Dig through your couch cushions, your purse or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you fine. What were you doing that year?   2004. Primary 5 I thought primary 5 was a big deal. It was my final year in the Primary School and all I wanted to do was get away from everyone who knew

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Through The Window

Prompt: Jan 29 Through the window Go to the window. Look out for a full minute. Write down what you saw.  I looked through the window and saw a man stand by the kiosk of Audu, my gateman. I could hear him ask him if he had sugar. Audu said ‘No, but I get groundnut’ The man said, ‘I said sugar, you said groundnut. How does it rhyme?’ Audu probably

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Dysgraphia: A Leap of Faith

Prompt: Jan 19 Apply Yourself Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.    ‘Mommy shebi she’s not a girl?’ ‘Ahahn. C’mon shut up Ikenna! Why would you say that?’ ‘Because, mommy, girls are supposed to have fine handwriting’   For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to grow up and just finally be an adult. I never saw anyone

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My Teacher’s Pet

It’s a new year!!! I’m quite excited because, amidst other things, it’s another opportunity to continue doing what I love – writing good stuff. I promised myself at the beginning of this year to be more consistent and focused, and so I have decided to stick to a compilation of writing prompts released by WordPress. With the guidance of these prompts, I would endeavor to write everyday of this year

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