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(Photo- 'East China Sea   off the south of Satsuma Peninsula at night '- Takeshi Kuboki) Lost at sea I find myself adrift Although I'd rather sail,  I’m tossed in the tide and carried by currents If I could hear you say my name One more time Then my heart would be glad For our journey together Was more anticipated And more enjoyable Than all the travelling I ever did Without you in it Life's tapestry loses color Still, I am content Just to lay here Thinking of you And if I die, I’ll know That the last thing I saw Were the stars in the sky above
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Three Poems for the Death of a Bird

(Painting- 'Wee Wonder'- Sarah Jane Conklin) The Birth Born in a high place In the heat of summer In a secret spot  Still yet concealed The beginning of a story, Conceived with purpose, It came into existence as hope A product of eagerness, It danced to the tune of affection Flourishing and thriving in the uncertainty A long-awaited spawn, an heir And faith’s progeny The Flight The little strong-winged creature did take off Flying high for the first time It saw the hills and country, Indeed, it saw the city It stopped for rest on a sky-high rooftop This bird sang all the songs Yet, its heart was weak A champion for tomorrow And harbinger of expectation Yes, it saw all the bright colors Short-term survivor Unaware of its doom The Death And the bird floundered Having flown too far too high The wind was gone Endless flapping to stay on course It flailed and dropped Landing on a tree branch Perhaps it cou

Movie review: PARASITE

Year : 2019 Director : Bong Joon-Ho Producers : Bong Joon-Ho, Kwak Sin-ae, Yang-Kwon Moon, Jang Yeong-hwan Screenwriter : Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han Cast : Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park Genre : Thriller, Drama, Dark Comedy A small, impoverished family invades the lives of members of another well-to-do family, but soon comes to a shocking revelation that puts their own work of deception to shame Rating: 5/5 Parasite is the first Korean movie to ever win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It has also been nominated for an Academy Award, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2020) and won the SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2020). One of the things I find so great about this movie is the number and sheer quality of plot twists that were part of it. So important were these plot twists, that the director, Bong Joon-Ho, intentionally excluded a great


Hello everyone, I’m back! First of all, Happy New Year! I hope 2020 has been good to you so far. May all your dreams for the new year come true. If you have been wondering why I’ve been absent, I took a two-and-a-half-year break from the blog to pursue personal projects- I moved to a new country and I bagged a master’s degree! It was a tough process, but it was worth it, and I came out stronger. Thank you to all my old readers, who have been there from the start- If you were following this blog before, you know It was started in 2016 as an avenue to share my passions- books, short stories and poems, movies and music with you. As time went on, I narrowed my focus on book and movie reviews, quite a few of which have been posted here. Maybe in the near future, I would expand my content to include short stories and poems like before, but for now, I will only be publishing reviews. To all my new readers, welcome to my blog! I hope you find some meaning and ple


Jowhor Ile's And After Many Days was recently announced as the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, 2016. Frankly, if I hadn’t won this book in a giveaway much earlier, I probably wouldn’t have bought or read it till now. But that would have been my loss, because behind the simple, unassuming, yet beautiful cover lies a poignant theme-the effects of crude oil extraction on the minority tribes of the Niger Delta. Still one would still have to dig through the drudgery of the mundane and ordinary everyday life to get to this. Tip- the author does not arrive at the point until the middle of the story. Set in Nigeria in the late ‘80s to the mid-2000s, And After Many Days covers themes of childhood, religion, family, loss, corruption, politics and injustice. The Utus are a modern, middle-class family based in Port Harcourt with strong ties to their hometown in the Niger Delta. Paul, the first son is dutiful, responsible and well-behaved. Ajie, the second son and th


Year : 2017 Director : Patty Jenkins Producers : Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller Screenwriter : Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright Genre : Action, Adventure, War film Based on original DC comics characters created by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter Official Synopsis “Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny" So you heard about the release of the first female dominant superhero film in over a decade, and all the hype has only served to increase your curiosity, after all, Wonder Woman Is the first ever female-direc


When I got this book in February, I had no idea it would take me this long to finish. I hadn’t even heard about the book before, as it was published over 10 years ago, when I would have been to young to appreciate it. However, I was book shopping, and two things attracted me to it. First- that it was written by one of my favourite Nigerian authors, Helon Habila; and secondly, that it won the Caine Prize, which is a pretty big deal if you ask me.   Mamo and LaMamo, twins born in Northern Nigeria are raised mostly by their aunt, and partly by their father. Each followed a very different path from the other, having contrasting personalities. While the one is outspoken and radical, the other is more reserved and intuitive. LaMamo goes off to war; Mamo is held back by sickness. The long separation makes the brothers respect and admire each other’s differences.   Each twin finds himself held down by something that proved not to be what it seemed. LaMamo wants to fight, to be a