Category: Social ills


  • Family Ties

    Family Ties

    In a world where no one seems safe anymore. We find that families, through the divinity that is culture and religion, are still conditioned to pass marriage down as a standard requirement. Even if this safety we hope to find in our homes seems to be compromised the most in our sacred spaces. A single-parent home is no more broken than a full family unit where abuse is the order of the day – physical or otherwise.

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  • Sober Alcoholics: (Unemployed)

    Sober Alcoholics: (Unemployed)

    Where I come from, when you are pissed off, but you do not wish to use your energy towards what pissed you off, you’d say “ayinamsebenzi’ and move on. Direct translation of the phrase is “it does not have work”, however, the correct meaning is “it doesn’t matter” or “it’s not worth it”. Because the […]

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  • Sober Alcoholics:  (love in a straight line)

    Sober Alcoholics: (love in a straight line)

    As long as the heart is beating, there’s going to be a lot of disruption. They are going to try keeping you in line, not allowing you to any transgression. They set their so called standards to follow, and forget that we have differing ambitions. That’s why we’re hated and ridiculed every time we step […]

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  • Sober Alcoholics: (V is for Vulture)

    Sober Alcoholics: (V is for Vulture)

    The truth is, no matter what we are going through, at the end of the day we all want a success story. We may not be able to define what success is, but we have a picture of how we would like our story to play out. Some like to compete to show how their […]

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  • The large canvas that is Dignity

    The large canvas that is Dignity

    She’s awfully cranky lately – Probably not getting any What a prude – probably inexperienced Yoh, hond, word on the street is she sure gets around – los Eh, I’ve seen umjita in action, sure gets around – boss She called me over for movies – dawg, you know what that means?? He didn’t even […]

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  • An Escape from Reality: (stories for when we get successful )

    An Escape from Reality: (stories for when we get successful )

    We come from nowhere; The only reason they cheer for where we come from now, is because they see us somewhere. Our reality was; no one from there could ever make it anywhere. And from seeing what was going on, we somehow believed that reality to be true. To think one can eventually find a […]

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  • Sober Alcoholics: (because we want to belong)

    Sober Alcoholics: (because we want to belong)

    There’s us, and there’s everything else. We no longer fit where we come from, and we definitely do not fit where they think we’re at. We wish to smile to give hope to those in our previous shoes, but we also wish to cry everyday when we’re alone. We understand gratitude, we also want to […]

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  • MORE PAIN, NO GAIN

    MORE PAIN, NO GAIN

    They say no pain, no gain. Yet, I’m in pain, again. I was on my knees getting up, when I took another blow. Hence, I’m writing this letter lying on the floor. I’ve done my every part right, I believe. They said I’ll be rewarded for my hard work, I received. My reward has taken […]

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  • Sober Alcoholics (The Mid-Class Youth)

    Sober Alcoholics (The Mid-Class Youth)

    There is no rehab center for us. They look at us and conclude, it’s all good for us. Even the government protects the rich and tries to give to the poor, it just takes from us. We are deemed ungrateful when we complain, because not everyone went to school like us. So we leave the […]

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  • The Gardener’s Testimony

    The Gardener’s Testimony

    He was my boss, He also gave me a place to stay, How could I be a snitch on my only source of income? I had to be inactive.   She was very young. He said she was not his child. His late wife cheated on him and she was the product. He said she […]

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