Nakubali (Swahili Poem)

[audio mp3="http://www.gloria-gonsalves.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Nakubali.mp3"][/audio] Usimeze maneno yako, kaka mtanashati, Ruhusa nakupa, siku ya rehema Jumapili, Leo nitafurahi, kusikia ya mtima wako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Sogea karibu nami, nipe busu la mkono, Haya isikukweze, nieleze yako mahaba, Siri haina nafasi, leo miye kipenzi chako, Nakubali wito wako, nitamkie hisia zako. Karibu usiogope, fichua ya...

She is Rising Again – A Tribute to Maya Angelou

I got acquainted to this phenomenal woman during my hard times. I recall listening to her poem “Still I Rise”. I felt large, so large that my hardships immediately became minuscule. Then one day I sat down to write what was stealing away my joy....

This Requires Poetical Laughing‏

Saturday, 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is the day that the UN observes ending this discrimination. It's also the day that the World Health Organisation omitted homosexuality as a mental illness in 1990. The campaign for IDAHOT 2014 is...

Book Trailer: Swahili Folklore

The launch of Swahili Folklore book trailer coincides with International Children's Book Day (ICBD), celebrated every 2 April to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. The theme for ICBD 2014 is Imagine Nations Through Story. I hope you can imagine...

Muhibu Huyu (Swahili Poem)

[audio mp3="http://www.gloria-gonsalves.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Muhibu-Huyu.mp3"][/audio] Njiwa upelekaye salamu subira leo imeniisha. Kabla hujaleta jibu namfuata mpokea salamu. Si barua wala ujumbe hoja yangu nimtie machoni. Muhibu huyu ameninata kama asali changa ya Singida. Sura yake imenipagaza maruhani wapigwa butwaa. Kaka huyu ananipa shauku madaha ya Tanga yameniisha. Mwendo wake maridadi bingwa wa utanashati. Nazaa ya kike imeniisha utawa leo kwangu adimu. Maulana siombi busara kunusurika na...

Poem: “How To Eat A Mango” and “An African Blessing” in The Kalahari Review

              An African Blessing May the mountains, valleys and great waters sail you to greatness. May the elephants, hyenas and birds guide you to magnificent adventures. May the drums, marimbas and songs unleash your hidden talents. May the exotic foods, fruits and drinks nourish you with glorious life. May the kings, queens and others host your...

World Children’s Poetry Day (WoChiPoDa) 2014

Idea is born A photo by Paulo Coelho from one of his Saturday walks had a caption “Nature teaches more than philosophical books”. That is what exactly happened during a walk I took in the Fairy Tale Forest of Altenberg, Germany. It was Sunday, 25...

A Poem: Please Take My Wings

It was December 2014 when I read an article with a title: The last thing a 3-year-old Syrian said before he died: “I’m gonna tell God everything”. To date, I am still haunted. Tell God how – harmful acts justify religion blood smears deeds of faith. But before...

World Environment Day (WED) 2015

Every year on June 5, we honour World Environment Day to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The theme of this year is sustainable lifestyles. The topic has a room for everyone because every action counts. Take a moment to question how...

2015 Resident Storyteller & Poet in SIBYL Magazine

I am so delighted to be a published article writer and poet for SIBYL MAGAZINE: FOR THE SPIRIT AND SOUL OF WOMAN. For the entire year of 2015, my written works (articles and poems) will be published inside an international personal/spiritual growth, women-centric magazine. As...

Poem: Peace (Amani)

RIP, dearest cousin Amani Kweka We crumbled as you slipped by leaving a trail of doting memories. A son passed away yesterday night. If November was to delay this tragedy I would bribe it with dozen of poppies. But, consolation is God’s instrument. Raindrops drumming on the roof an orchestra of heavenly reception. He...