This heart, filled, with sweet ocean water; hands cupped in prayer receive more than they're able to make sense of. Fate decrees a handful and an ocean springs forth. Knees that cave in on sandy ground give rise to lush forests. My hope is restored in the magic of spirit love, belief, faith. Joy replenished, living resumes; this heart, filled.
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..