V. Naa Takia

Mostly Poetry, Some Prose, & Some Writing Tips

She fell in love, Mrs. Doldrums


You should tell your mother you have found someone She should see you flushed, embarrassed, fumbling with words, and sweating your palms out. You should tell her love does exist … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 6 Comments

Our Mothers Don’t Understand


  A woman is only that If you don’t follow You are out of line A bad child Cursed You will not find a man You will die alone   … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Love and many things that overwhelm


  They say you are Wind driving them to farthest biosphere of reason Storm, stifling their sett with your brass neck You’ve become kite they present to the skies Yet … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 9 Comments

How to choose the right headline for an article


“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 9 Comments

For women who have suffered death at the hands of a delinquent society


The door didn’t bang itself, I did I was sick of its silence Tired of it not making any sounds like it was okay with its mediocre life of no … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 8 Comments

Guest Blog: Mohau Wordsmith Mohlamonyane, South African Writer and Poet


Hello hello poetry lovers and aficionados. On the 31st of July last year, I decided to open my blog to fellow writers and poets. I felt, and still feel this … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · 9 Comments

Nepenthe


How deeply dreams are woke before they are shattered  I can almost touch you feel your  burning arms    And then you say to me:  I cannot stay    Your words stab my ears Each … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · 8 Comments

Silver and Word


When lovers meet It is like lightning and thunder Silver and Word They strike through each other They belong They fit into the skies They make light and sound They scatter the … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 8 Comments

I Should Stop Writing!


Where do writers go when they no longer want to write, because I’d be the first to head there right now. I am not used to venting out my frustrations … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 30 Comments

Acacia


So you remember me, my pure Acacia. So you remember my innocent love; my earliest charms? Acacia. I’m glad you haven’t forgotten. My Acacia.

April 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

The pains of waiting


To think she had gotten used to this; his never coming home and when he did, he was gone Like darkness that meets light No. Like a shadow that meets … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 11 Comments

#WorldPoetryDay: A MAN AT SEA


Have you not been gone so long that your footprints died with the waves that hit shore I wonder if you’ve caught any winds yet; the squalls you so blindly … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 9 Comments

A morning without dreams


Look at the fireflies They steal the night like an august memory not wanting to die And you, draw me into a morning without dreams?

March 20, 2016 · 5 Comments

A circus of all sorts


I write about you Did I ever tell you I write about the things you never say but, I wish you did I write about you because there are questions … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · 9 Comments

The lonely


It is cold outside but inside is even colder the air is lonely and the winds quieter The earth doesn’t sing and the shadows stopped moving

March 4, 2016 · 5 Comments

What doesn’t belong


There is the sea and there is the land Both know too well their boundaries But once in time’s while They love each other and then they part again Never … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 6 Comments

Dear Roué


I would have loved  an end like those  in hard cover books of princes and princesses dragons and knights potions and kisses  but loving you is far more tortuous It … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Immortality


They say death is tragic But to those of us who have died a million periods run-over by our own desires to belong and consumed by a great loss of … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pensive Moments


As if I could erase you from my thoughts As if I could, but wouldn’t As if I could Pretend your words don’t excite me that they, don’t nibble at … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

Just a salient frame


Shall I plough through your mind and dig up your last words or shall I tell you again that I waited —that I waited dear Saturday Shall I remind you the … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

A place of happiness


Would you again my covert darling, take me back to the place where you first hugged the giggle out of me and would you allow that I, once again hold … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · 7 Comments

Catching my wind


You say you want to walk along the coast with the wind in our faces You say you want to lift me up to the sea and hear my screams … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 7 Comments

There’s a great life ahead if we’d allow ourselves to pursue it


The past couple of months have been challenging. I have been fluctuating between tons of emotions, and struggling to find a sane balance. But with all the chaos that went … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 10 Comments

Freeway


After all these years You still reek of cowardice Too afraid to jump in Too afraid to let go Too afraid to love yourself enough And me          Too afraid … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

To live bountifully


It is almost treacherous that we would walk this path Living life by its distractions Clasping our sorrows within the palms of our heart But whiles we are dying our … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 6 Comments

Guest Blog, Marie Gratia Bamurange, Rwandan Writer


A few months after I hosted my first guest blogger, Amma Konadu, with Old habits…die, I bring you yet another writer, Marie Gratia Bamurange, from Rwanda. I’m yet to meet … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

There isn’t hope for everyone


I don’t react well to disappointment the kind that hits so hard you can but only stand and remind yourself that no one ought love this deep And then waking … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 6 Comments

Being Busy is Not An Excuse NOT to Write! by @naatakia


Originally posted on Afrobloggers:
Being Busy is not an excuse NOT to write! ? ? Photo Credit: http://www.yahighway.com The moment you launch your blog with a series of posts, and…

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

If sex was honest


Well I can’t get yesterday and the many days before back And if I could relocate the memories they would be someplace I wouldn’t remember Love comes easy when we … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 7 Comments

No crown for me


Is it the night, something about its still heaviness that brings some of my favorite hymns to lips Like all the other days, I have struggled to pursue a lighter … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Rising dust and falling ash


The roads yonder sometimes longer than we see One life ahead; several follow We’ve been told of Heaven and Pearly gates We’ve been told of Earth and Satan’s mates Of … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

Celebrating Africa with AfroBloggers


Where I come from art doesn’t sweat it doesn’t put food on the table and it doesn’t retire a good life But this is the path I have chosen It … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 7 Comments

God’s playground


Jonah must have been stupid. He went down to Joppa and took a ship for Tarshish when he knew very well the sea was God’s playground. No one could possibly … Continue reading

November 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write Drunk. Do not Edit


There are lots of things I need to learn about writing; How to ctrl my emotions so the words won’t hurt Where to fit the           gaps    so        I           … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 5 Comments
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