I wish that words

Poured out of me

The way     her neck


Into her shoulders


Talk smooth

Like     her skin

Convincing   like

every muscle

of her smile.


I wish my words

Were welcomed


A strand   she

Tucks     gently

Behind her ear


Then I’d tell her


-Put a price

On her priceless

They’re robbing her blind

If wishes

Were pennies

Then perhaps

She’d be mine.

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Culture, marriage, Womanhood

Hassan Kassim

Hassan Kassim is a Mombasa-based Creative non-fiction writer, recently longlisted for the Toyin Falola prize, blogger and translator of Kiswahili work. A beneficiary of the Penpen program by African Writers Development Trust(AWDT) commissioned by Culture at Work Africa and the European Union(E.U), and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Maritime Management. Hassan writes about the ill-documented Communities of Coastal Kenya. His work has appeared in Writers Space Africa; his 2 non-fiction stories published in the anthology 'Twaweza,' a collaborative effort of 12 African writers on the African identity and set to appear in the forthcoming anthology for the Toyin Falola prize.

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