Reading Log #4 – A Long Way Gone

The end of Ishmael’s story approaches, but that of thousands of children who are still reminiscing over the atrocities they have had to endure. Ishmael will go on to represent those who have suffered alongside him, and he will bridge the gap between those that endure the fate of war and those who observe from…

Reading Log #3 – A Long Way Gone

It is yet another block of  A Long Way Gone that chills my bones word for word, page by page. Ishmael’s story has taken a drastic turn, as he begins to leave behind his war-torn past he’s increasingly aware of just how alone he has been left in a world he does not recognize. Dragged into a rehabilitation…

Reading Log #2 – A Long Way Gone

As I further explore the and delve into the world of Ishmael Beah I am met with some of the most ferocious scenes that you can find in the book that were endured by anyone. As a 15-year-old at the time, he’s been faced with some of the most morbid circumstances any teen could endure…

Reading Log #1 – A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah, a teen that has been exposed to the most brutal, barbarous, merciless, aspects of mankind, war. Having lived and fought as a child soldier during the Sierra Leone civil war, his life has been drenched in the blood of those he’s killed and shadowed by the vicious killing of his family. During a…

Must I Set You Free?

    The moist soil sweltering under the apricot flare. The velvet terracotta sweetly embracing the lifeblood of the sprouting green stalks which rise from the earth. The fetid aroma of the sapphire fertilizer, but all forgotten for sprouting green stalks rise from the earth.   The course reeds rose beyond feeble seeds, prime, petty,…

Bizarre

Bizarre It Must Be (HIKU)   Bizarre the colors the honeybirds wings flutter drops of nectar seep.   Bizarrely they grew vines sprout from jagged edges they strangled the pines. ———————————— The Gates of Hell   The word bizarre can date back centuries to its very origin within the English language, and it’s definition meaning…

Pitch

Dear Time Magazine Editor: Why would anyone wish to listen to the delusional justifications of a neo-nazi for regarding their onslaught of violence and crime? Would it be to gaze into their rotten minds or to glance at a piece of their collective depravity, yet it’s neither. It is a way to understand the bizarre ideals, morals,…

To Fonso:

  To my beloved cousin Fonso, Hello Fonso, it’s your cousin Sigwald, how have you been and your kids? It’s been over ten years since we’ve seen each other, we should get together sometime. How much time has gone by since our family has not met under our proud banner? The memories of hiding under…

The Spur of Coffee

is sweet, savory, seasoned taste, of black gold. The evening family meals over a steamy cup of bitter-sweet nectar. A taste so profound, it’s  memory is unforgettable. The smooth flow of ambrosia clenching the thirst of millions, and it’s a legal drug too. It is like the warm baths on a cold winter morning.  …

Uneasy Rifts

Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council director. Was on the brink of resigning. After President Donald Trump’s freewheeling press conference earlier this month in which he likened, white supremacists. To counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The moment laid bare uneasy rifts in the White House between Trump’s nationalist backers. Including Steve Bannon, who was forced out days…

Reflection

1.When do you feel like a grown-up?” “What affirms this?”   Like many others I feel like an adult when I undergo a rite of passage. It is the moment when I transitioned from boy to man marked the instant when I felt like an adult. My first pocket knife to my first drink with…

Home Made Satire

All Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. (Due to technical issues please click the link above to view the satire) -What institutions, practices and or groups are being satirized?  This satire aims to ridicule and point out the slave labor like conditions which can arise through the improper development of equality in…