Abandoned Shoes

He wears them once. In good shape he leaves them for future generations to use. Like a Cinderella story, many try in vain. Lined around the ankles some manage to use, only for a while. Padding no good, slippage persists. Clumsy walk causes a loud discord of discourse —shoes too big to fit.

Carving epitaphs
greatness clothed in vigilance
—the price of freedom

For Poets United

Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu, Mthatha

note: The poem is in honour of Nelson Mandela International Day.

As I Read

I keep making new discoveries as I read and reread. One of those discoveries is that there’s more to reading than well, reading.

It’s a case of learning about self through reading works of others, that is, learning about my interests, attitude and motivation to read certain subjects and genres. I’ll sure write more about this later on, and after the summer reading challenge is over.

Wild Garden

For now, all I can say is I’m still reading and happy with the progress I’ve made thus far. There’s a lot still left to read as I’ve included a few titles to my original list. The challenge is whether or not, I’ll be able to read all the books before end of summer. Nonetheless, I’ll continue to read even after summer, as I always do, albeit at a slower pace.

Wild Garden & My Favourite Reading Spot

Another important note about reading. If you’ve read, commented and entered the Summer Giveaway: for Poetry Lovers, thank you very much for your contribution. I truly appreciate your support.

And, the winner has been announced. If it’s not your name you see at the bottom of that post, do not despair, there will be more giveaways in the future and another chance to win. Stay tuned!


Nothing is as intimate, tactile and beautiful as holding a printed book in my hands. More especially, if the said book was written and put together by yours truly.

Dear Poetry Lovers! The physical chapbook is finally here.

poetry chapbook – print version

And now, in celebration of the upcoming Midsummer / Juhannus, one of the important holidays in Finland, I’m giving away 1 x chapbook copy, Seasons Defined, and 1 x poem broadside, Summer, and as pictured below.

chapbook & broadside

About the broadside: digital art, size 8”x 11”, giclée printed on Hahnemühle’s 310gsm William Turner paper by dStudiouk.

So, giveaway! It’s easy to enter…

You celebrate Midsummer, yes? Tell me, in comments section below, how do you celebrate this remarkable event.

NB. Giveaway is open to anyone, who can legally enter, i.e. if it’s not prohibited by law in your country.

Important details

  • Giveaway ends 30th June & the winner will be announced no later than Fri, July 6th; 10:00 EEST
  • The winner will be chosen at random. Name of the winner will be added to the end of this post as soon as it is drawn.
  • You must be willing to provide your address, if you win. If, I have no way of contacting you, another winner will be drawn

If, you are not/don’t:

  • a subscriber to my blog
  • follow my public posts on Facebook
  • follow me on Instagram

Please add your e-mail address to your comment, so that I can be able to contact you, if you win.

Good luck & Happy Midsummer, in advance!

UPDATE: The winner of Summer Giveaway: for Poetry Lovers is Annika Perry

Congratulations, Annika!

Please contact me at khaya . ronkainen (at) gmail.com to claim your prize.