Petals In A Lawyer Diary: Summer Wild

I have never seen such lovely a weed as that made of daisies. Playfulness was a distant thought until I saw a field of daisies. My heart didn’t remember how to be a child until I picked daisies. Beauty was a dwindling feeling until a daisy decorated my...

Petals In A Lawyer Diary: Tickled Earth

Guess what? It’s not only in autumn season that the Earth laughs. Throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter, the soggy ground is all smiles. If you care to look, the Earth giggles by sprouting wild, strange, colourful and non-colorful mushrooms. Have you spotted or collected...

A Poem: A Flower In The Sky

Some people are good at starting over. Others are terrible at starting over. And there are those who will simply not start over. This poem is for all of us: the good, the terrible and the won’t. A FLOWER IN THE SKY You have always been unclipped...

At This Point We Are All Wrong

I am not an expert on politics, neither do I intend to be. I avoid discussing it. My acquaintance with it is through the media. I no longer watch the TV news. Most news is sad. It makes me teary and helpless. Every fighting side has...

New Book Release: Mists of Sense Require Fierce Poesy

As much as one would love to keep a record of smooth sailings in life, fortunately the road is full of twists and turns. Whether it is personal or global humanitarian crises, you will have a share of yours to weep for. Those trying moments...

Traditional Publishing & Self-Publishing: Colleagues or Foes?

Authors in Africa (AiA) created a forum on a very important subject that all authors are a part of – PUBLISHING. I was asked to participate in the discussion as it is a crucial issue, especially in Africa. But does traditional publishing still have a special...

Nakubali (Swahili Poem)

[audio mp3="https://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="https://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...