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Photo Courtesy: Irina Kolomijets
Photo Courtesy: Irina Kolomijets

Some people know from a very early age that they want to be writers. I am not one of them, I never set out to be a writer. Because the art of producing a great story or make animal characters talk, seemed beyond my capabilities. But I have always been – and still am – an avid reader.

I remained passionate about reading but not writing until I moved continents, Africa to Europe. And so, writing came to me as a way of dealing with culture shock. With no friends around to share the experience, I had no choice but write or otherwise risk ending up in a mental institution (I jest).

Well, I confess the writing process hasn’t helped much because now I’m teetering on the brink of madness staring at a blank page. Probably a reason I’m trying my hand at poetry because there’s no such thing as a writer’s block with poetry, it’s either you say or don’t say it. Right?

Anyway, I created this space to share some of my writings. So, welcome and thank you for reading.

43 Comments

  1. Khaya, I am so pleased I found your blog ( found you on Annika’s blog ). You are fascinating and have such colourful background to draw on.
    I can well understand your culture chock, in the end no blank page will fill that gap. Your humour will help you settle though.

    They often say that chock of some sort, be they physical or emotional
    can trigger the artistic vein. For me it was a Bump on the head.😊
    Miriam

    1. Hi Miriam!

      Annika’s is my go-to blog, and I’m so glad you find my blog too. I can personally attest that ‘shock of some sort’ can trigger the artistic vein. Though I was told time and again (and long time ago) that I should write, I paid no heed. But when I moved continents, the artistic vein ruptured. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for your encouraging comment. Welcome and stay!

  2. I had to smile at the vision of you staring at the blank page. LOL. I’ll bet you have an interesting story, am intrigued by your move from Africa to Europe. I have great interest in Africa, lifelong. Nice to meet you. Thanks for posting at Poets United. I hope you keep coming back.

    1. Hi Sherry! Thank you so much for the visit. That was some time ago, when I was menaced by a blank page. I’ve learned so much since then about dealing with the threatening blank page.:-) My story is still a work in progress. But I’d love to hear about your lifelong interest in Africa. Thanks once again for having me at Poets United. Much appreciated!

  3. I found my way here πŸ™‚ And have left traces behind in a few spots. You obviously have a gift for poeming. You mentioned you live near Santa now – that would be somewhere in the nether regions of Finland or Lapland I presume. It is very beautiful there, but cold. Long nights in winter and long days in summer. I was born in central Finland and migrated with my family to Australia as a kid. Still feel close ties with my birth country. Lovely to meet you πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Raili for reading my poetry. I’m super glad we found each other:), I like to read about other expats’ experiences (though you’re hardly an expat, if your family migrated there when you were young). Yes, we live in southern Finland but my husband is from Pohjois-Pohjanmaa originally, i.e. Northern Ostrobothnia. Your birth country is my home now, and I love my life here:-)

  4. Hi Khaya! Thanks for visiting my blog. I think you’re a poet if you’ve never had a problem writing poetry. I’m too literal to write poetry. I see a blank page when I have to sit and write poetically. πŸ™‚

  5. I like you ‘on the job’ page Khaya and lovely to meet you. You hav obviously travelled far in life and not always so easy. Poetry, writing, is definitely a good way to stay sane! I so like what you are writing and wish you the best of luck with it. Ride along on the tough days and if it isn’t happening I’ve found it best to leave the writing, don’t berate yourself and do something else. It will return.

  6. Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. keep up the good work & i’m proud of you.

  7. It seems we have something in common when it comes to writing and reading. I’ve been in love with reading ever since I can remember, but I started writing very late.

    Love your reasons for getting into the crafty art of writing. πŸ™‚

    1. Yay! I’m glad you visited. Well there is a saying, “it’s never too late to start…”. I’ve convince myself with the fact that I had to live some of the stories, now the challenge is to put them down on paper:-)

  8. An important step forward to freedom of heart, mind and soul: Writing, and especially poetry! All the best to you as you open your inner-self and allow the words to flow freely out onto paper (or, in this case, screen! LOL) πŸ™‚

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for the visit and encouragement. I agree, writing does free the heart, mind and soul. The more I practice, the luckier I get with observing, feeling, reflecting and thinking, and hopefully that will translate into my writing:)

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