"You're a fish in the trap of the body; look at the fisherman, don't look at the net. Gaze in wonder at the infinite rose garden, don't consider that thorn that wounded your foot. Contemplate the Bird of Heaven whose shadow shelters you, don't look at the crow that escaped your hands. Put your trust in Him who gives life and ecstacy; don't mourn what doesn't exist, cling to what does."
Shafinaaz is a sociologist, artist and poet based in Johannesburg, SA. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, and has been listed in HayFestival's Africa39 category of top 39 authors in Africa under the age of 40 at the London Book Fair 2014. Also see www.shafinaaz.co.za
I write. As I must. Words are my paints of expression on an otherwise bland canvas, my rollercoasters of delight on otherwise dreary roads. Entertainment or derision, they manifest in my varied states of being. Until theres silence. Even then, theres a dialogue of sorts that continues... in spirit? Who knows..