Muna’s Story And The Gross Neglect of Somali Women’s Health

A young Somali woman is in critical condition after undergoing surgery in the country’s capital. Muna Hassan Mohamed, famously known as Muna Axlaa, is the chairwoman of the Somali Youth Cluster and an outspoken advocate of human rights. She has been praised for being the voice of the voiceless and activist for the most vulnerable in society. On August 3rd Muna was in good health … Continue reading Muna’s Story And The Gross Neglect of Somali Women’s Health

The importance of Somali women in leadership for sustainable development and peace

In 2012, Fawzia Yusuf Adam became the country’s first female Foreign Minister and then Deputy Prime Minister. Asha Haji Elmi, a peace activist, helped form the women’s network Sixth Clanto draw attention to the importance of women in the peace process. As a result, women were represented as an individual group in the peace talks for the first time. Ifrah Ahmad, experienced female genital mutilation; … Continue reading The importance of Somali women in leadership for sustainable development and peace

Doing a PhD In Pandemic Times: A Somali Mother’s Journey

This blogpost is part of a series of blogposts about my #PhDlife as a #PhDMum. #SomaliWomenDoingPhD #DoingAPhDInAfrica #DHUM In January of 2020, I was one of three lucky people who got accepted, after a competitive recruitment process, into a fully-funded PhD research program. The collaborative research project Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises (#DHUM, @Diaspora_Hum) was launched at the University of Nairobi on February 28, … Continue reading Doing a PhD In Pandemic Times: A Somali Mother’s Journey

Nauja Kleist: Studying Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism – Some Methodological Considerations

Originally posted on EASA Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network:
Studying Somali diaspora humanitarianism: Some methodological considerations Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, nkl@diis.dk Diaspora groups are amongst the so-called new humanitarian actors that work outside the international humanitarian system. Growing out of transnational connections that link diaspora groups with their families and erstwhile homelands, diaspora humanitarianism has a strong affective and relational dimension… Continue reading Nauja Kleist: Studying Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism – Some Methodological Considerations

A Year After the Floods In Qardho: What Has Been The Response And How Is The Community Coping?

This blog post is a part of a series of posts the author occasionally writes about the humanitarian situation in Somalia focusing on Somali #diaspora #humanitarianism, #complexcrises, #gender issues in Somalia. The author is a PhD candidate studying Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism at the University of Copenhagen/University of Nairobi, @Diaspora_Hum. Introduction and background One would expect that, after all the devastating episodes of natural disasters in … Continue reading A Year After the Floods In Qardho: What Has Been The Response And How Is The Community Coping?

Somali Women on the Web and Cyberbullying

Social media has given Somali women the space to be free, the opportunity to connect with their fellow sisters, as well as a platform to organize themselves to affect change. Unfortunately, though, alongside this freedom and newfound liberation, there comes a heavy price where women are subjected to higher cases of bullying, trolling and harassment than their male counterparts.  Since 2009 when I first created … Continue reading Somali Women on the Web and Cyberbullying

Here, There and Everywhere: Covid-19 Travel Ban Effects on the Somali Diaspora

This blog post is part of ongoing research on COVID-19 in Somalia. It is the 4th post of a series of blog posts written by the blogger with the hashtags #COVID19Somalia #DHUM @Diaspora_Hum. The 1st post can be found here, the 2nd one here and 3rd one here. ——————- On Thursday May 14, 2020, an Ethiopian airline’s special flight landed in Mogadishu Aden Adde International … Continue reading Here, There and Everywhere: Covid-19 Travel Ban Effects on the Somali Diaspora

COVID-19 Is Confirmed In Puntland. How Are Families Coping?

* This blogpost is part of ongoing research work on COVID-19 in Somalia. It is Part 1 of a series of blogposts the blogger intends to post here, and elsewhere, on a regular basis with the hashtags #COVID19Somalia #DHUM @Diaspora_Hum. ——————- PART 1: APRIL 20th On March 16th 2020, Federal Government authorities announced the first case of COVID-19 in Mogadishu. A month later, the first … Continue reading COVID-19 Is Confirmed In Puntland. How Are Families Coping?

Signs of maturity – how mature are you, Somali sisters?

As a Somali woman who is always looking for boosters of upward growth, I must say that can very much relate to these signs of upward growth and maturity that I have collected. Which of these boosters of maturity  do you relate to yourself? How conscious are you about your own personal upward growth process?   Maturity is when you stop trying to change people and instead … Continue reading Signs of maturity – how mature are you, Somali sisters?

Call for submissions – Collection of Somali oral literature

Amazing opportunity! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Collection of Somali Oral Literature. Submit your poems, stories & artworks for publishing into a book before June 5th 2019 to info@puntlandwomenwriters.org or check http://puntlandwomenwriters.org/events/  #SomaliOralLiterature #Somalia Background The Puntland Women Writers Association (PWWA) is a Somali women’s network organization that was established 5 years. The network promotes Somali women’s participation in cultural, social, economic and political activities by … Continue reading Call for submissions – Collection of Somali oral literature

Let me be a child, I beg.

#CadaaladDoon #JusticeForAisha #JusticeForOurChildren    Let me stand strong, tall and wise. Let me not be a broken arrow. Left to whimper alone. Let me not wallow in despair. Selfishly taken advantage of. Let me not be harmed, in any way. Let me not lose my innocence. And be seen as a piece of ‘hilib bisil’ – ‘cooked meat’, ready to eat. Let me be a … Continue reading Let me be a child, I beg.

Homely and spacious house for sale in Garowe, Puntland, Somalia.

Homely and spacious house for sale in Garowe sitting on land measuring 43m long and 26m wide. Conveniently located along Jidka 30ka, accessing 2 other side streets to the West and North. The house is designed, constructed and built by East Africa Construction Company located in Garowe. The house itself is 20m long  and 19m wide and it has the following features; 7 rooms, of … Continue reading Homely and spacious house for sale in Garowe, Puntland, Somalia.

I Wish – A Poem About FGM

I wish – A Poem About FGM, #TheGirlGeneration  #WeHaveSpoken #EndFGM I wish to overcome. This emptiness of fear. The incompleteness of life. The lingering search for my innocence. The memories of the gruesome cut. The fierce grip and my tremble under your gaze. The masking of my face and my soul. The mishandling of my body. The pains never expressed and the scars forever inflicted. … Continue reading I Wish – A Poem About FGM

Calling on Somali women writers, poets, artists to submit their works on peace in Somalia

I have, for a long time now, so much wanted to compile a book of Somali women’s voices, stories, perspectives and shared lived experiences. I think the time has finally come and I am beyond excited about this project. —————————————————————————————————————————- The Puntland Women Writers Association (PWWA) is a Somali women’s network organization which promotes women’s participation in cultural, social, economic and political activities by providing … Continue reading Calling on Somali women writers, poets, artists to submit their works on peace in Somalia

Fundraising for the drought-affected families in Somalia #Caawiwalaal

I am fundraising for the drought-affected families whose situation is getting desperate by the minute. The drought has affected so many lives in Somalia and our people are dying of hunger and thirst. There are fears that a full-blown famine might follow if the rains don’t come soon. I am one of the many Somalis who is frustrated by the very poor response and the lack … Continue reading Fundraising for the drought-affected families in Somalia #Caawiwalaal

My latest book: Isniino, a little Somali girl

ISNIINO, A LITTLE SOMALI GIRL is inspired by a real life story that happened to a little Somali girl with a big dream. It vividly tells the story of a little Somali girl who was kidnapped from the safety and comfort of her home, her family and friends to live and work as a maid in one of Somalia’s growing towns. It tells the story … Continue reading My latest book: Isniino, a little Somali girl

My dear Somali sister, use the power within you

On this International Women’s Day (#IWD2016), I send this message to Somali women. My dear Somali sister Do not wait for someone to “empower” you And reach out to you. Look within. Deep inside yourself. Use the power. That is already there. Within you. Inside you. Somali sister. When someone gives you power. Don’t you know that. They can take that power. Back from you. … Continue reading My dear Somali sister, use the power within you

Much More Important Things: A Message To Our Somali Leaders

We are not interested in how strong your muscles are. Not interested in how many soldiers you have. We are not interested in how sophisticated your artillery is. Not interested in how far your gunshots reach. Not interested in how superior your blood may feel to you. We are not interested in your arrogance.   No. We are not.   We are looking at less … Continue reading Much More Important Things: A Message To Our Somali Leaders

Do not call me a migrant. I am a refugee

(Insert picture: A Palestinian child with a message “I’m dying in the desert”. Source Google) Do not call me a migrant when I have been made a refugee. The difference between you and me. Is so much but then again not so much. That’s what makes me and you so unique. Do not dehumanize me. I am not an alien or a stranger. I am … Continue reading Do not call me a migrant. I am a refugee

From Europe With Love: A Young Poetess’ Mission To Re-Discover Hope In Somalia (Interview by Waryapost)

Full article: http://www.waryapost.com/from-europe-with-love-a-young-poetess-mission-to-re-discover-hope-in-somalia/ It is about 5:45 pm on a Thursday, and Sahro Ahmed Koshin is calmly sitting at the podium of Jamia Central Hotel’s Swara Conference Hall with a small audience in front of her. Sahro, a mother of one, is a poet and a writer. She was launching her new book; Sounds of Laughter, an anthology of poems. The gathering in Nairobi offered … Continue reading From Europe With Love: A Young Poetess’ Mission To Re-Discover Hope In Somalia (Interview by Waryapost)

If I Were A President In Somalia, I Would Do The Following For Peace:-

Learning from the long 25 years of war, civil unrest and bloodshed, I would help build communities based on honesty, respect and compassion. I would appoint a Minister for Peace. I would teach my people that conflict is necessary in life and that it doesn’t always have to be negative and disastrous. We have to face conflict creatively not violently. I would educate my people … Continue reading If I Were A President In Somalia, I Would Do The Following For Peace:-

The benefits of coming home: My journey of fulfillment and growth in Puntland, Somalia.

Part A: letting the heart speak How it all started  In January of 2011, I  wanted so much to travel back to live and work in Garowe after giving having my daughter in the Netherlands. I traveled back to the the administrative capital. I had lived there from 2008 to 2010, as an EU Consultant attached to the Gender Unit of the Ministry of Education … Continue reading The benefits of coming home: My journey of fulfillment and growth in Puntland, Somalia.

Not A Real Somali.

It all started in June of 2015 when I was nominated by Radio Bar-Kulana as Person of the Month. I’d not previously worked with this radio station not did I know about their Person of the Month nominations. Apparently, they conducted their own research on me and others and contacted me about this. The new initiative aimed at putting a hard-working Somali, a social activist in the … Continue reading Not A Real Somali.

Tell me Somali Mother, why the world has become so heartless?

Somali mother sitting by the fire. Tell me how you race the morning. Chase the day and host the evening. Somali mother tell me how to live hard. And yet smile easy just like you. Explain to me why the world is less giving. Less kinder and less compassionate then in your time? Somali mother, mother of compassion and warmth. Unfold your prime days. Tell me how … Continue reading Tell me Somali Mother, why the world has become so heartless?

Reviews and commentaries of ‘Sounds of Laughter: An Anthology of Poems from the Soul’

Book Review By Carrey Francis Ronjey. Carrey Francis Ronjey is a constant wanderer and a chaser of multiple dreams. When he is not busy being unsettled in Nairobi, he’s locked up in Solitude dreaming. He runs his blog http://www.nairobiunderground.com and a bunch of other stuff. Robert Frost’s idea that “Poetry is when an emotion has found thought and the thought has found words” can never be … Continue reading Reviews and commentaries of ‘Sounds of Laughter: An Anthology of Poems from the Soul’

The Power of Art and of PAWA254 in Kenya: How Youth Are Inspiring and Educating Each Other

Yesterday, Saturday the 16th of May 2015, I was invited to read some of my poems at FatumasVoice, a monthly event at PAWA254, one of Africa’s most vibrant cultural centers in  I had been following the work of various artists in Kenya for a long time from a distance. I live and work in Somalia and so I follow them on social media. I was eager to … Continue reading The Power of Art and of PAWA254 in Kenya: How Youth Are Inspiring and Educating Each Other

The biography of my father – the late Ahmed Hirsi Koshin – AUN

I’ve just completed a 4-year research project collecting and documenting information for a book i am writing about my late father’s biography in book and audio. The journey, which is captured on video was both an emotional and educational one. As I traveled to my father’s birth place in Somalia and to the place where he herded goats and camels as a small orphaned boy, … Continue reading The biography of my father – the late Ahmed Hirsi Koshin – AUN

Fallen (s)heroes, fallen colleagues ‪#‎UNICEF‬

Originally posted on Researching, Analyzing & Documenting Gender Issues in Somalia.:
I can not pretend. As though I am OK. I am not. How can anything be OK? How can anything be ever the same? After that killing spree. After loosing so many colleagues. After that tragedy in Garowe. How can we pretend as though nothing has happened? And be expected to go about doing… Continue reading Fallen (s)heroes, fallen colleagues ‪#‎UNICEF‬

We Have Dreamed Many Dreams For Somalia: A Poem For My Somali Brothers and Sisters Resolutely Fighting For The Somali Cause

We have dreamed many dreams that never came true. We watched them painfully vanish at every dawn. But we have realized enough dreams for Somalia. To make us want to keep dreaming on. We have prayed many prayers for Somalia even when no answers came. Though we waited long and patient. But answers have come to enough of our prayers. To make us want to … Continue reading We Have Dreamed Many Dreams For Somalia: A Poem For My Somali Brothers and Sisters Resolutely Fighting For The Somali Cause

Silent Voices: The Role of Somali Women’s Poetry in Social and Political Life

Silent Voices: The Role of Somali Women’s Poetry in Social and Political Life Zainab Mohamed Jama Source: journal.oraltradition.org/articles/download/9i?article=jama  Oral literature plays a very important role in Somali culture and has done so for thousands of years. The Somali language is spoken in Somalia, Djibouti, the Somali regions of Ethiopia, and the northeastern region of Kenya. Before 1972 there was no written script; since then, the writing … Continue reading Silent Voices: The Role of Somali Women’s Poetry in Social and Political Life

My Blog Review in 2014: Check Out Who Visited/Commented/Shared!

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. The WordPress.com Team prepared a 2014 annual report for the impressive blog https://sahrakoshin.wordpress.com which was created in August 2014 by poet Sahro Ahmed Koshin. Enjoy the thrill we had … Continue reading My Blog Review in 2014: Check Out Who Visited/Commented/Shared!

In Somalia, Full of Ambitions, We Are Rising Again.

Dear Somali youth. For many years. You sat all day by the bomb-shelled walls. Your future was massacred. Stolen from you. Your innocence too. You sat amongst people who lost their souls, and all hope. For 20 years, you watched the daily bombings, the killings. You lost your self worth and confidence. Your dignity had gone out the door. You lost the will to live, … Continue reading In Somalia, Full of Ambitions, We Are Rising Again.

A Day Of Live Streaming And Of Rekindled Memories: My Reflections On Tedxmogadishu 2014

Garowe, 6:50pm Long before TEDxMogadishu begun, we sat close together and even more closer to the wide screen projection infront of us. We were anxiously waiting for the speakers to start telling their stories. We were also hoping that the internet would not give us a problem and that the power would not cut. A group of us had gathered to witness TEDxMogadishu 2014 together. We looked … Continue reading A Day Of Live Streaming And Of Rekindled Memories: My Reflections On Tedxmogadishu 2014

My Interview With Abukar Awale On Somali Channel And The Poems I Read There.

On the 22nd of October 2014 i was interviewed by the famous khat campaigner Abukar Awale on Somali Channel about my book. Here is the interview and the poems I read. 1. The complete interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo_PT4HWgy4 2. Me reading my poem ‘I am a Somali woman’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTFPKCXlACU 3. Me reading my poem ‘Ask me not of my tribe’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVTwdkFvwfw 4. Me reading my poem “Let … Continue reading My Interview With Abukar Awale On Somali Channel And The Poems I Read There.

I Credit My Accomplishments To My Family, Friends And Fans.

On my own humility. I credit my accomplishments to you all my family and friends. I want to thank you all from the depth of my heart for your support and for your enthusiasm. Thank you for making me go on even when I had doubts. Thank you for watching me through as I climbed higher professional and spiritual grounds. I am you and you … Continue reading I Credit My Accomplishments To My Family, Friends And Fans.

Waxaad Tahay Qabiil Jabiye! Ku Socoto Anti-Tribalism Movement (ATM) UK

Waxaad tahay geed dheer oo aay dabayshu jabinkarin. Waxaad tahay hooska qoraxda u sababo. Waxaad tahay qandho jabiyeha aay umadeenu ubaahantahay. Waxaad tahay qabyaalad qube. Waxaad tahay qaasa’roobaadka cirka midabaysa. Waxaad tahay mid ku qarsoon meesha dadku ku nasanayaan. Waxaad tahay buuraha ku dadban isku xiraha dhulka iyo circa. Waxaad tahay qabiil jabiye. Waxaad tihiin dad hadalkooda aduunka ku gaarsiiya cadaalad. Waxaad tahay maalin u … Continue reading Waxaad Tahay Qabiil Jabiye! Ku Socoto Anti-Tribalism Movement (ATM) UK

Poetic Analyses: When You See This Picture What Do You See?

There is more to a picture than meets the eye. I am fascinated by different perceptions, perspectives, interpretations of different people. We are all influenced by our upbringing among other things. Our own attitude and outlook on life also influence how and what we see! So when you look at this picture, do you see a lonely pot looking for some company or a dancing … Continue reading Poetic Analyses: When You See This Picture What Do You See?

Waxaan Ahay Gabar Somaaaliyeed – Translation Of ‘I Am A Somali Woman’.

Waxaan ahay naftiihuraha walaashiis. Waxaan ahay Baradha-iibiyaha suuqa eedadii. Waxaan ahay wadaadka deegaanka inantuu dhalay. Waxaan ahay dhaawacii kacaanka, dulmi-diiddadii, tii la xiray, tii la xabisay, Waxaan ahay tii la jirdiley, la cayrshay, la afduubey, la kufsaday. Tu la daday, tu aan la dadin  Waxaan ahay dareen suubban. Waxaan ahay gabar Soomaaliyeed. Diirkaygu waa dhuxul-madow iyo faan-maroodi, niyad da’ yar, wacaal da’ weyn. Waxaan ahay … Continue reading Waxaan Ahay Gabar Somaaaliyeed – Translation Of ‘I Am A Somali Woman’.

Book launch ‘Sounds of Laughter’ by Sahro Ahmed Koshin 02/09/2014, 4:00pm Garowe, Puntland State Of Somalia

On Thursday the 2nd of October 2014, Sahro Ahmed Koshin will launch her recently published poetry book ‘Sounds of Laughter/Dhawaaqa Qosolka/Farxada in Garowe. Sahro will read from her work, including a dramatized version of the highly praised poem ‘I am a Somali woman’ which recently went viral on Social Media. She will read her 3-page long specially composed poem ‘You Lit a Candle’ in honor … Continue reading Book launch ‘Sounds of Laughter’ by Sahro Ahmed Koshin 02/09/2014, 4:00pm Garowe, Puntland State Of Somalia

Looking for Somali Women writers/storytellers!

Are you Somali woman writer? We are looking for Somali women authors, writers, poets, storytellers and narrators for a book project we are doing. Send us your inputs.contributions ASAP to sahro@pwwa.co or sahro.m@gmail.com or visit our website http://www.pwwa.so Find us also on Facebook!  Be a part of this great book writing project and submit your story. Soomaali Hadaad tahay gabadh Somaaliyeed, soo qor sheekadaada, nala … Continue reading Looking for Somali Women writers/storytellers!

You lit a candle: In honor of the late Saada Ali Warsame

The voice that unified Somalis has been silenced today. Saada Ali Warsame was violently killed in broad day light in Mogadishu on the 23rd of July 2014. She was beautiful soul and she promoted Somalia’s potential for peace and unity. May her beautiful soul rest forever in peace. I woke up this morning and read the article: It rattled my soul and wetted my eyes. … Continue reading You lit a candle: In honor of the late Saada Ali Warsame

I taught myself to write!

I guess this cartoon drawing sums it all up well. I can so relate to this message; in my poem #self #taught #poetry For more info and inspiration go here http://www.kickass-creatives.com/help-im-100-self-taught-is-it-a-disadvantage-for-an-artist/ Happy reading… I’m 100% self-taught… I’m proud of what I’m doing but do feel l’m at somewhat of a disadvantage. Any suggestions on how I can raise my game … ? First off, congratulations … Continue reading I taught myself to write!

The Somali Tea

The aromatic scent of the strong Somali tea. The fragrance when sugar accidentally lapses. Into charcoal fire and burns in smoldering flames. The scent and sound of spices. Being pounded in the kal iyo moyo. Creating acoustical effects and abounding happiness. Craving for the centuries old. Sweet-smell of the mixture of sanjabil, dhagoyare, hayl iyo qorfe. As they fusion in togetherness. And dance their way … Continue reading The Somali Tea

My book launch at StoryMoja!

I am honored and humbled to have been invited to one of Africa’s biggest Book Festivals- The StoryMoja Book Festival by its founder Muthoni Garland. I met Muthoni in Hergeysa during the Hergeysa Book Fair. I was invited there together with other women from the Puntland Women Writers Association (PWWA). At the Storymoja i will launch my 2nd book of poetry the ‘Sounds of Laughter’. … Continue reading My book launch at StoryMoja!

Enlightened and Empowered, By Islam

Impeded. By the lengthy stretch of an arms reach. I regressed. To the abuse of a mind’s dominating preach. Hindered. By the limits of a watchful eye’s sight. I employed. The guidance of visionary’s perception and insight. Splintered. Free of the chain’s contrived by the influences of a culture’s con. I surrendered To the spiritual healing of liberation and enlightenment. Empowered By Islam, I remain enlightened. I … Continue reading Enlightened and Empowered, By Islam

Poëzie is………………

Poëzie is niet het stil gefluister van een buitengesloten taal geen goocheltruc voor een verbaasde publiek geen hoogdravend quiz poëzie is levenslengte die timbre verzamelt hoe meer kelen zij plukt waardin van actie hoe meer geesten zij beroert het wijsje van de koopman de gratie van liederen lyriek van een weekmarkt de lichtstraal op het bedauwde gras in de morgen POËZIE IS WAT DE GEDEMPTE … Continue reading Poëzie is………………

De niemanden (voor de vluchtelingen zonder gezichten)

“Dan komt de dag dat wij licht en water aarde en mens bevrijden dan zal het zijn: Alles voor allen” Pablo Neruda, uit: Mensen voor dag en dauw (1976)     Hoeveel pijn kan een hart verdragen hoeveel ellende kan je doorstaan hoeveel dromen moet je laten varen hoeveel klappen kan je aan   hoe lang kan een mens wachten hoeveel tranen moet je laten … Continue reading De niemanden (voor de vluchtelingen zonder gezichten)

Book: The Sounds of Laughter: An Anthology of Poems from the Soul by Sahro Ahmed Koshin

It is doing and giving for somebody else on which all of life’s splendor depends. As you will see in Sahro Ahmed Koshin’s latest poetry book ‘The Sounds of Laughter: An Anthology of Poems from the Soul’, her poems and writing’s, for a great part deal with this phenomenal. Sahro’s poems very often have the depth and insight one looks for in life. The book … Continue reading Book: The Sounds of Laughter: An Anthology of Poems from the Soul by Sahro Ahmed Koshin

The Motherless Somali Girl-child

For all the little girls brought from their homes each day to work for the rich as maids and as garbage collectors. I have seen some of these girls abused and broken. Dead. In and out. ———————— The chill that sets in freezes her frail body so. She sits in the kitchen that has become her only home and hides in the warmth of sorrow. … Continue reading The Motherless Somali Girl-child

A singing dove sings of peace in Somalia.

On a fine golden morning. I found a singing dove. On the of floor of my verandah. It sang with such beauty and grace. It whistled pure harmonies. It played me a special tune. One of a deeper meaning. One with a deeper understanding. Of this chaotic weeping nation of mine The singing dove sung so peacefully. And I watched and wondered: About my weeping … Continue reading A singing dove sings of peace in Somalia.

If I have learned anything……

If I have learned anything…… I have learned….. that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of the an elderly person   I have learned…. that when you are in love it shows I have learned…… that you never say no to a gift from a child   I have learned…… that it is those small daily happenings that make life so … Continue reading If I have learned anything……

Only Time Can Heal The Pain, My Somalia

Dear Somalia, Only time can heal the pain. You can turn tears into laughter. Turn your frown to a smile. But only time can heal the pain. You can turn sorrow to joy. Turn sadness to happiness. But only time can heal the pain. You can rebuild your world. And reclaim your future. But only time can heal the pain. Only time can heal the … Continue reading Only Time Can Heal The Pain, My Somalia

Hoos isu la hadal // Silent whispers

Hoos isu la hadal. Haddu waagu beryey hurdo uma haamaansan. Maalmihii tegey baan tiriyaa. Habeenkan dhammaadayna ii raac. Waa maxay, waa subax xag alla kaber. Ooshimbirhi ka ag heesayaan deriishadda. Barkinti baan iska rogay ooh hoos isula hadlay. Noloshu xaggay igu wadda?. Muxuu yahay dareenka baahidu?. Maxaan la ooyayaa?. Tiiraanyada naftayda?. Maxaytahay dhibatooyinkaan?. Maxaan  la borooranayaa?. Maxaan galay ee layga goynayaa?. Tani waa maalinnimadii. Habeenkii … Continue reading Hoos isu la hadal // Silent whispers

A five minute poem

It’s 12:21 and I am busy scribbling. Writing this poem. Though I should be in bed. I’m scribbling instead. (and the clock now shows 12:22!). It’s now 12:23 and something’s happening. I am eager to write even more. I see the clock hands whizzing round. With a faint “clicking” sound. The clock now shows 12:24! I’m feeling really alive. For it’s 12:25 and my pen … Continue reading A five minute poem

Universal prescription

A universal prescription No moving parts, and no fees Inflation proof, non taxable Wont dilute One size fits all, uses little energy Yields results enormously Relieves your tension and stress Invigorates your happiness Combats depression, makes you beam Elevates your self-esteem Your circulation it corrects Without unpleasant side effects The perfect drug May i prescribe, my friend The hug And of course Fully returnable! Continue reading Universal prescription

Protocol-polite-hands

As Somali presidents and politicians. Enjoy popular patriotism. And travel far away. Attending ‘peace process’ confrontments. In luxurious air-conditioned apartments. In London, Istanbul and Addis Ababa. Shaking protocol polite-hands. At lengthy polished tables. They give demented destroying commands. Smiles on their face. Distrust in their hearts. Yet the violence, the lootings and the killings go on. On the ground. As Somali politicians and presidents enjoy … Continue reading Protocol-polite-hands

An Eintou*

Introspective stuff re-igniting me and all in presence and in unmistakable silhouette your words breathe light as they give mental insight you embraced a culture, manifested it manifested it in word and song   *An Eintou is an African (and African American) seven-syllabic/  word count form of poem consisting of 2 words first line, 4  second, 6 third, 8 fourth, 6 fifth, 4 sixth line … Continue reading An Eintou*

In the hush of dawn

There’s such pleasure and calmness in the silence of early morning and the comfort of a cozy homely room There’s such quivering quality in the hush of dawn when morning sunrays steal into the waning of clouds of night to reveal the day’s beauty and let the night’s magic be bygone In gentle majestic moments such as these i greet the hush of dawn with … Continue reading In the hush of dawn