Masks

By Mniko Chacha.

 

“Wear the masks,” the prominent governor announced,

Soon after Covid-19 emerged,

Despite the increase in price everyone demanded masks at any price,

So, I bought two masks to cover my face,

 

At home, the wise passerby uttered,

“Wear masks everywhere you go, otherwise, you will cease to exist.”

I resisted it for a while and tried to disbelieve my mind,

Then, I recalled what the Television broadcasted. “Those who will wear masks will defeat this pandemic beast.”

 

I thought a little bit and took the face mask,

And covered my face,

I looked on the mirror and saw that my face was becoming the dusk,

The confusion disturbed my eyes, so, I broke the mirror with my fist,

 

Afterwards, I moved towards the sitting room where my wife drank a beer,

“Woo the ghost is coming to kill me right here.”

She shouted and struck me with the whisk broom,

And fled from my sight like a ripe plum,

 

I threw down the mask thinking that it brought the pandemic ghost in my home,

“Take care, nowadays, the face masks are rare to find,

Like the dust of gold.”

The fading mouth roared to me,

 

Later, I shook my head to grasp the reality,

And restore into me the sincerity,

To the best of my own ability,

I wore another mask and got back to my sanity,

GRAVITY UNGRATEFUL

By Mark Blickley.

 

Yes, I am dressed in mourning

Dark clothes for a dark time

Yet I yearn to escape

Pandemic imprisonment

With the germ of an idea

That will allow me to soar

Above my confinement

In an airborne threat

Against complacency and boredom

As I reach up to a blue heaven

That promises social distancing

On a cosmic scale,

But that old bitch gravity

Bears down on me,

Slapping me down

Like a petulant child

Crying out

For what she cannot have,

Slammed back

To a blanketed earth

Of red white and blue.

 

Poet Bio:

Mark Blickley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest book is “Dream Streams”, is a text-based art collaboration with Amy Bassin.

HERE IS THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE NALUBAALE REVIEW LITERARY MAGAZINE.

Glory be to God. The first issue of the Nalubaale Review Literary Magazine based in Uganda is here. This first issue, themed ‘The Love-Money Question’ is out. Congratulations and special thanks to our writers, poets and essayists.

Read our first issue here: THE NALUBAALE REVIEW ISSUE ONE

We have published stories and poems from all regions of Africa. The issue will not let you down. Delve in and read what these seasoned writers from across the African continent have to say about the Love-Money Question that has built, broken, rebuilt relationships and love across this new generation.

Read it here: THE NALUBAALE REVIEW ISSUE ONE

We also feature a guest writer, poet and Architect Ronald Sssekajja from Uganda talking about his writing journey.Ronald is a performance poet in Uganda, writer of the poetry anthology ” Echoes of Tired Men” and he talks about his forthcoming books.

Read too about our next issue, the theme and guidelines for submission and don’t miss exciting publishing opportunity herein. THE NALUBAALE REVIEW ISSUE ONE

We hope you enjoy this issue and subscribed to our coming issue here. For now enjoy these exciting, intriguing and captivating story and share. Follow The Nalubaale Review Magazine on Facebook here: https://web.facebook.com/nalubaalereview/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Congratulations Nalubaale Review Literary Magazine.

Thank you all.

Read Africa Read.

 

What is the theme all about? “The love-money Question”

Love and money Question.

Do you want a story just about money? Or about love only? Do you want a story set in a bank? or one along Romeo and Juliet plot line? Can I write about food instead?

Those are just some of the questions we have been receiving about the theme of our recent Call for Submissions. To be frank, when I set out with this theme, I had “how money influences love” in view of what the story would look like. Whether the influence is for better or for worse or even reversed (love influencing money). Done.  But, ever since I talked to my writer friends, since I sent out the call for submissions, and spread word fellow writers, and so forth, the theme has since taken on a path of its own. And there are still questions hence this blog, geared at trying to dissect the theme.

Now, without further ado, without mincing words, or beating about the bush, allow me, ladies and gentlemen to dissect the theme for you, in this email ( that I wrote to a friend) extract. Enjoy;

“Love-money stories can be of any angle, such as; a love story gone bad because of money, like a chic hooks a Musummer only to find out he’s from South Sudan not Dubai as she expected, a man who is so rich but also too impotent, a tale about love only e.g. a slum version of Romeo and Juliet,  how about these Boda-boda – school girl romances (are they love based or money based or sheer immorality, how about we denounce them?), also how about those women in mansions married to rich men but chilling in Shamba Boys’ quarters, how about the rich men stuck with campus girls or waitresses, etc. Does money affect love? Does love affect money (when you love what you do you get the money, or those people who are so in love with their work they forget the love of their lives), how about the pastors who keep sleeping with their flock/women then dump them, or the men who get introduced more than once, or the young black girls who go in for old rich white men, or young black boys(with dreads) that white women (young and old) fall for, how about the people who marry for money. Does money constitute the success or otherwise of affairs? Is it purely love that counts or should money matter? Is money alone enough? By the way, is the Donald-Ivanka thingie a love or money thingie? How about the people who marry for money (slay queens), then people’s love for politics because of the money they anticipate once successful? What is money, is it the mansions, Prados and millions in banks or can I date a poor guy who looks rich? Like this guy here. Also, what is the African love story like? Kwegamba, there are so many engagements, and an equal number of break ups around the money-love issue. That’s why Mama Tendo Foundation page on Facebook is so popular. ”
That’s part of the email conversation I had with my friend about the theme. It should not limit the writer. I will feel horrible if it does. It should just be an eye opener.

That said, I hope for the stories to not be limited by the insights above. I hope for the stories to be as humorous, engaging and educating as possible. Stories that will make for debate around the Love-money issue and stories with characters we will never forget because they live next door.
Also, you can tackle the topic from one angle, either love or money. All the above, I hope, give you a glimpse and understanding of the theme.

Call for submissions: The Nalubaale Review

ABOUT THE NALUBAALE REVIEW

Nalubaale Review is an online literary magazine, will be published twice a year as themed issues. Content will be poems, short stories, articles, photo essays from African writers and artists.

The magazine aims to promote African literature and culture and will showcase Literature and arts events and initiatives from across Africa. To that effect, the magazine will have stories about happenings in the literary scene in Africa.

Our first issue themed the love and money question seeks your stories, poems, articles and photo essays. Submissions should be sent to nalubaalereview@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is 30th September 2018.

Guidelines for submissions:

  1. Submissions from any African citizen or African person living outside Africa  are accepted
  2. Submissions should never have been published elsewhere in part or in full.
  3. Submissions published during or after submission will be disqualified.
  4. Writers should submit stories of any fiction genre
  5. Short stories should be between 2000 and 3000 words in length
  6. Poems must be no longer than 30 lines.
  7. Entries should be sent as attachments in Doc, Docx or PDF formats
  8. Type your document, using stipulated format is Times New Roman or any other readable font and font size 12.5 double-spaced.
  9. Put an accurate word count at the top right, number your pages and left-justify your paragraphs.
  10. Photo stories about the theme of love-money question are also welcome as long the photos are writers’ the own
  11. The submitted work should be the work of a single individual.
  12. Stories must be in English. If words from other languages are incorporated, the story must be able to be understood fully by their English content.
  13. You are welcome to enter under a pseudonym but should include your real name in the email body.
  14. Translated entries are welcome as long as the original story is the writer’s own work or has rights to it.
  15. Writers should submit their bio of not more than 200 words in the body of the email.
  16. All entries will be judged anonymously. Please do not put your name or any other identifying details anywhere on your entry.
  17. Your name and brief bio should be written in the body of the email.
  18. By submitting a story/poem, the writer attests that it is their own original work and grants exclusive global print and digital rights to Nalubaale Review for one year, and thereafter agrees to seek permission to republish and when published elsewhere attributes first publication to Nalubaale Review.
  19. By entering, the author agrees to allowing Nalubaale Review to include their entry in an online magazine, blog and other Nalubaale Review media should it be selected by the editors.
  20. Further enquiries should be sent to nalubaalereview@gmail.com.
  21. All entries must be sent by 30th September 2018.