Letter to a Childless Mother

Posted Avatar Leah Davidson , Blogging Intern

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Leah Davidson
Member since March 4, 2017
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 22

II’m seventeen now, if you recall. When flower shops filled with young girls purchasing carnations for their mothers in May, could you identify my tanned face, slant eyes, and dark hair in the crowd - or did you see only a mass of identical twins? Did you mark on the calendar the senior prom you would never attend? As the neighborhood children grew restless and learned their letters, I wonder if you remembered I wanted to enter primary school. I wanted to wrap my tiny, crooked fingers around y...

The Prayer

Posted Avatar Darshatha Gamage , Undergraduate, Rotaractor, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern

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Darshatha Gamage
Member since March 1, 2017
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 23

On the edge of the world Lies a beautiful girlShe looks near and farWaiting to find solace Her eyes sparkle like a sapphire Blue glistening reflectionEagerly searching For answers Lips as red as rose Reading out a messageTo be sent up and aboveFor the lords to hear“Oh almighty”, she mumbled The hands held tightly On her knees she wasShe began her PrayerRiches was not her requestIt did not entail glamour It was never for mansions A Rolls-Royce did not even make it close Tears rolled downShe r...

I don't believe you.

Posted no picture Kelepi Baba

no picture Kelepi Baba
Member since March 5, 2017
  • 5 Posts

PART 1A wide, warm smile spills across your daughter’s face as she snuggles into the crook of your arm. The mirth of her giggle is infectious as she happily watches the cut to the credits of Frozen for the third time that week. While you admit you might not have been paying full attention during all three screenings (it had been a long week at work), the pure content on her face makes it all worth it. A small voice that all parents have also acknowledges that it’s a good way to get her tired...

Oh Child of Mine

Posted Avatar Caroline Njoroge , Freelance travel guide and student.

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Caroline Njoroge
Member since February 28, 2017
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 23

Child of mineHow lucky you are to be aliveTo be able to fill your lungs with airTo be able to feel the wind on your skinTo be able to smell the flowers on the streetOh child of mineYou are loved.Child of mineHow lucky you are to be aliveTo be able to see the stars, moon and skyTo see and feel the gift of nature To be able to dream, smile and fartYou are beautifulYou are blessed beyond measureOh child of mineYou are loved.Child of mineHow lucky you are to be aliveTo be able to wake up everydayTo...

A Love Letter to Heaven

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 5 Posts
  • Age 25

To the most beautiful woman who has an endless reservoir of love for a heart- a love that transcends through time not even death can dissipate- a love that feels like home- this one’s for you, Nanay. I spent my childhood clinging to your arms and throwing tantrums whenever you’d leave for work. There were times you’d be gone for weeks because of the demands of your career, and I hated it.Time came when I was the one who spent a lot of time away from home; I preferred the company of my frie...

Through The Window

Posted Avatar Nafees A. Siddique , Writer

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Nafees A. Siddique
Member since June 8, 2016
  • 12 Posts
  • Age 25

Through the window I see, through the window I observe life. I see people smiling, celebrating, rejoicing, playing, laughing, caring, loving, but what I see often is grief, sadness, pain, loss, and suffering. I see people in need, in need of food, in need of love, in need of respect, in need of fame, in need of care, and in need of so much that they yearn for.I see them all but I cannot do everything for them, I cannot solve all of their problems, I cannot elevate them up knowing that they are f...


Posted Avatar Saminu Helma

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Member since April 17, 2017
  • 1 Post
  • Age 23

Eventually,Definitely, certainly, what will happenIs that the one you took for grantedAnother will make them feel wantedThen you end up missing most,What you least appreciated initially.

Hidden Voices

Posted Avatar Sarah Edrina , Human Rights. All Rights.

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Sarah Edrina
Member since April 12, 2017
  • 1 Post
  • Age 19

I want to create universes, parallel to this, using only a pen and a paper. Every time when I want to start writing, I unloved it. But it will flash me off whispering to me that this is the only medium that I can draw monsters and free them off from my imaginary prison without the fear of getting caught. It's like how the Tom Riddle's diary whispers to Harry in The Chamber of Secrets. The sound of my mom crying when she got beaten up still echoes in my underground chambers inside my head. Now, I...

Time to Replace Plastic Straw

Posted Avatar Angelo Wijaya

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Member since May 4, 2017
  • 2 Posts
  • Age 19

Unlike when you are asked about bag, you will never be asked “paper or plastic?” when the restaurant gives you straw. At least, that is the case in my country. Most of the time, they do not even ask you whether you want a plastic straw or not. They just give you as it is a common sense to give a customer a plastic straw when the customer orders drink. Perhaps they think it is simply the custom.Some restaurants now are shifting to a new kind of straw. Some use stainless steel straw. While it...

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