“I was young you see. It did not concern me that my neighbour’s father was organising a riot, or that he was all prepared to spark a bloody crisis.
All I truly cared about was the art form of play and the freedom of running around in my underwear. Just letting everything loose.
For I had been tempted many times to take off my clothes and join the local kids my age who daily ran free of clothing, and restrictions. They were free to roam and run.”
~ Extract from ‘Advocate for Peace’ TedxCIU Talk by Sandra C. Obiora
Written by Sandra Chukwudumebi Obiora 17th Sept.2022 © All rights reserved
There is just something about you
The curve of your brows,
The slide of your nose
The slant of your lips
The depth of your gaze.
Continue reading Thy Physiognomy →
By Sandra C. Obiora. Written 7th February 2022
‘Let Us make man in Our image,
After Our likeness’
was on one newly created day uttered
By the One who existed before time began.
Continue reading Human Thou Art Immortal →
Poem Written by Krystal Orellano Weldon ‘Gypsy’ © 2019
We all come from the desert root of the African tree. Continue reading Sweet Africa →
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
~ King Solomon. Ecclesiastes3:1-8 Continue reading Time for Everything →
A poem by Sandra C. Bamisile © Written 4.11.2011
If I could use 100% of my brain’s capacity and not be limited to just about 10%, I would…
I would think of why I am on earth, and actually answer it. Continue reading My Brain @ 100% →
An Apoetsbrain Original. All rights reserved © Written 15th December 2021
It’s shine cannot be ignored.
Big and bright. Laced in gold.
Begging to be held and owned.
Sparkling, distracting, exciting.
Thus you reach out in a heartbeat.
You stretch forth to grasp it.
Continue reading Balloon Called Pleasure →
An Apoetsbrain Original. All rights reserved © Written 5th January 2022
I am doing what we humans do. Just like birds perch, I am
Standing quietly on the front porch.
Overseeing the activities of fellow human beings.
The man drawing on a smoke seated beneath a weeping tree.
The man walking his dog in his winter pajamas.
His dog’s tail wagging aggressively.
The street vendor playing his sales recording ceaselessly.
The ethnic man taking a pandering walk around the neighbourhood.
The youths moving around with the apparent burden of adulthood.
Continue reading The Burden of Will →
Today on Apoetsbrain we are featuring photography by Joe Onginjo. Joe is a fun, spirited and strong willed soul from Kenya. He recently rekindled his passion for photography as a way of making new friends and capturing the intricate details of day to day life. He is currently in China doing his PhD research in Management Science.
When asked the reason for photography, Joe said Continue reading Photography with Joe →
Featured poem by Bonsu-Adjei Arthur © All rights reserved
He cuddles a baby to sleep
Yet researched in the Books of the Pharisees
He draws the algorithm of creation, yet his algorithm seems inverted
For geometry is authored by his hands, pinpointing him at the center
Continue reading The Unpredictable Designer →
An Apoetsbrain Original © All rights reserved.
Innocent and harmless it appears.
It seems as though it has no other care in the world but to glide and twirl across the waters.
Its every move made as though to mesmerize and hypnotize its prey.
Its color dancing to the light pretending to be light itself.
But like a moth hopelessly drawn to a flame,
its poison soon spreads,
and the hug you came over to give turns to a strangle.
Soon mesmerized and breathless you fall.
Continue reading Apoetsbrain Photography: Beautifully Dangerous →
An Apoetsbrain Original. All rights reserved © Written 21st August 2021
We all are the very face of God.
The haughtiness in this one
The timidity in that one
The dismissiveness in this one
And the ephemeral nature of the other
These are but the face of God.
Continue reading The Face of God →
Ever wanted to visit East Africa for a taste of its wild life? Well, here is a little taste of wildlife heaven from the planes of Uganda. Meet Sam Balyejusa, the genius behind these excellent shots.
Continue reading Sam vs. Ugandan Wildlife →
An original by Oluwatobilola J. Agboola. All Rights Reserved ©
Can we mend broken pieces of trust
trampled beneath the feet of deceit? Continue reading Unassuming →
An Apoetsbrain Original 2011 ©
It appears you must always be by my side
For me to think more about you.
I know I may promise you now
That I will think about you everyday that you are away,
But we both know that is untrue. Continue reading Forgotten Lover →
Have you laughed? I mean really truly laughed.
You know the type that starts from your feet making your toes curl. That one that travels up your legs making them shake like a leaf in the wind.
That laughter that boils up in your belly like steam in an enclosed space looking for a way out. That one that literally causes you pain until you open your throat and let it all out and open.
Continue reading True Laughter →
Featured Poem written by Bonsu Adjei-Arthur
‘Sometimes, our best work is done in secret’ they say
But we all crave the day the public gets a hint of ‘our base’
Several stories get lost in the universe like those star gazes
Any reason why heaven does not record the crowd but the secret places? Continue reading Mainstream →
Happy Birthday to me and Happy 4th year anniversary to Apoetsbrain!!!
Continue reading It’s Our Birthday! →
Featured Poem written by Joan Toluwani Amos ©
When my first daughter turns five
‘Princess!’ I’ll call her Continue reading When My Daughter Turns Five →
An Apoetsbrain Original – All Rights Reserved ©
I can see it in your eyes that you are lonely.
Beyond your smile, your actions, your clouding thoughts.
Beyond the things you wish to feel, and the things you wish to kill.
Beyond the though thoughts and the though actions. Continue reading Fighting the Lonely →
An Apoetsbrain Original Written 24.11.2012
You are beautiful yet you ask
How beautiful am I?
You are strong yet you look in the mirror thinking.
Am I strong enough? Continue reading Unsure →
There is something shocking about how far this other self of mine can go.
This retarded other entity of mine has no inhibitions or limits whatsoever,
But I do, I have to posses some. The lines are clear everywhere I look.
Yet, here I am, crazy within.
Continue reading The Crazy One Within →
A featured poem written by Darlington Kelechi Obiora. All rights reserved ©
With you, I feel whole and happy.
The minute we part, I feel empty and heavy.
It is like a part of me is no more.
You are my fate. I know.
The centre of my life.
Continue reading Wholly Reaffirm →
By Sandra C. Obiora. Written 28.12.2013
This morning it felt as though I woke up into twilight.
At some point, twilight became dawn, and dawn was no where to be found.
Continue reading For We Are Now All Mad →
Poem by Joe Onginjo ©
I refuse to be the labels you give me. Continue reading Colours →
An Apoetsbrain Original © Written 31st December 2019
As I look out my window at bleak skies,
As I feel my way through the winter chill
As I think of glories past
As I dwell on things to come. Continue reading Decades Come and Go →
Featured Poem written by Joan Toluwani Amos ©
To the one with whom I share so many things in common Continue reading Fly →
Featured Poem by Olusola Bamisile (BB). All rights reserved ©
As I journey from one city to another in Nigeria,
And recount all the experiences embedded in every moment Continue reading I See Potential →