Poet At Play – Madness


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madness took over certain streets in South Africa

black-skinned clad blacks got fed up with playing second fiddle

brothers and sisters from the diaspora were now pariah

in a frenzy of hatred, like fiends from Hades

they hacked, butchered, mutilated, maimed and wounded.

their assegais dripped red

the caked earth

a mirror of the economy, grew soggy with red.

but tell me

but how can you play second fiddle

when you are not even a first fiddle

Chaka would have puked in envy.

And the stars blinked in confusion.

mad men urged them on

and they raged on

black-skinned clad black bodies glittering with red sweat

while the whole world cried xenophobia!

we have now got  a new word in our lexicon,

with so many

dissections, analysis, explanations, commentary and deciphering.

and on they raged;

Genghis Khan would have clapped at their ferocity.

And with xenophobia on all our lips,

we do nothing!

We are too busy chewing on the word into a smooth paste;

or else it chokes us in the swallowing

and we regurgitate apartheid.

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

Haiku Horizons: Pass


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Done for Haiku Horizons. A rather difficult challenge! :-)


on evening walk

passing by the hedges

shimmer of colours

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Haiku My Heart: Silver Web


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Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan. And also for Recuerda Mi Corazon. 

The emphasis is still on GRACE (enlarge your capacity of compassion) as defined by Joan Halifax, a Zen Buddhist, with greater emphasis on “being one with nature.”

Silver Web

looking closely

in the velvety darkness

 glint of silver web


Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Thursday Shadorma: Surrender


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The photo is by kind permission of Gilly.





I close

my fevered eyes

I feel the sun



on the lids

its fading warmth a

mere whisper

of a kiss

a breath really, as it bids

farewell over horizons



can only

then open them

and  exhale in orgasmic


Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Haiku Horizons: Needle


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Done for Haiku Horizons.


steel thorns

amongst the roses

parting gift


lips bleed

on the roses

steel thorns

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Haiku My Heart: Grace


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Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan. And also for Recuerda Mi Corazon. The emphasis is on GRACE (enlarge your capacity of compassion) as defined by Joan Halifax, a Zen Buddhist.

G Gathering attention
R Recalling intention
A Attuning to self other
C Considering
E Engaging


light rain

the scent of dandelions

budding in the palm


Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Review: Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye


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Title:    Keeping Secrets (Essien Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Kiru Taye
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Edition: Kindle
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Pages:    294
Publication date:  May 2014
Reasons for reading: Received this as free ebook from the author.


Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it? That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

My Thoughts

I must admit that while this is not the first of Kiru’s books I’ve read, Keeping Secrets is the first of her books to hook me from the word go. Well that is not entirely true. Her other books I read hooked me but Keeping Secrets did so in a forceful way. The book actually forced you to take a big note of it.! It is that very well written, with rich and poetic settings in Lagos, Nigeria. Maybe that was one factor that got to me; I mean Ghana and Nigerian are sisters so to speak but hei, we are no where near the grandeur and opulence of the nouveux riche in Nigeria! :-) And this was well displayed in Keeping Secrets with the opulence understated!

The Essiens are the kings of African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the African continent. Yet all is not as it seems.

The story of Ebony and Felix, one of the Essien sons, is so gripping and fast paced, unfolding as you read along in flashback, thus the suspense and intrigue very well maintained till the end. As we all know, keeping secrets in any relationship especially marriage might be a big recipe for disaster and both Felix and Ebony have secrets that threaten their new marriage. Felix’ memory loss works to Ebony’s advantage but she is never at ease for fear that her husband would regain his memory. Nevertheless, she takes advantage of his obvious concern and passion for her.

The characters are flawed, but naturally and humanely so and therein lies the beauty of the characterization. I love them for the passion and love they show towards each other. The chemistry between them is so palpable, even with Felix’ memory loss. Perhaps, because of his deep love for her,  he is able to see that things just do not seem to add up. Both characters are strong and stubborn; Felix, hot, masterful and always in control; Ebony sexy, elegant and independent. In the end, secrets, betrayals and manipulations gave way to love and forgiveness.

I don’t think I have really done justice to this book, honestly. You need to read it and see what I mean. :-) Kiru Taye is an expert storyteller in the romance genre; throwing in Igbo words here and there with doses of of Igbo culture and tradition to give the novel an authentic but contemporary African feel.

Keeping Secrets comes highly recommended to all lovers of romance and even more. I’m actually looking forward to reading the Books 2 and 3 in the series, Making Scandal and Riding Rebel respectively. :-)

About Kiru

A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she’s still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book. During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.

When she’s not writing or reading, she’d hanging out with family and friends or traveling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.

You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest
Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com

Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com


Thursday Shadorma: We Rise


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The photo is by kind permission of Gilly.

lenten rose


between death

and resurrection

the veil peels

 and darkness

fades to a gossamer thin

revealing the glow


of immortal bloom

his shroud a blossom in Spring

the tomb his victor

then hush, bleeding piece of dust

we rise, for He is risen.

Happy Easter :-)

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom


Love In Ten Lines


I’ve been invited by Jazzytower to write about love. The rules are below. It’s fun, if you choose to participate.


  • Write about love using only 10 lines.
  • Use “love” in every line.
  • Each line can only be 4 words long.
  • Nominate 10 or so others who are up for the challenge.
  • Let them know about the challenge.
  • Title the post, Love in Ten Lines
  • Include a quote about love

Love In Ten Lines

I dream of love

where love finds me

comatose and bleeding love;

open raw love wounds

only love can heal

sealing them with love

kisses and more love

erasing scars with love

love amplifies my gratitude

for love completes me

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu


Love Conquers all

And Now The Nominees

(Those I thought of have already been nominated so I could only come up with the following) :-)

Rosy of https://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/

Gilly of https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/

Audra of https://upchuckingwords.wordpress.com

Trisha of https://mydomainpvt.wordpress.com/

Amrit of http://livinglifegreenspeck.blogspot.com


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