Beatrice Othieno-Ahere’s Violins of Self-Expression.

Iam creatively seduced by her Poetic Reflections .Her Reflections are Siamese twins with biblical revelations and they rise every dawn with the rising sun . She speaks to life and for life . Her Poetic Reflections are symbols of her personal , spiritual and emotional freedom .The flow of her messages connect cities to villages to farms and ghettoes. The rhythm sings tenors of peace to the wounded . Her daily Poetic Reflections are tambourines of harmony and violins of self expression . Her name is BEATRICE OTHIENO -AHERE , Kenyan Thought Leader , Leader at YWCA -Kenya , Poet and Writer of Reflections- MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Curator of WOMEN OF RESILIENCE.



Poetry has given me a voice, removed me from the shadows, a voice beyond my speech, the ability to talk without opening my mouth but making my presence felt, using my fingerprint through ink and words to show that I am here, I was here
Poetry has given me a sense of self, my words are mine and they are valid no matter what the critical eye says, it is my view conveyed in ink splashed by me in my true colors, nothing more nothing less open to whatever interpretation, my part done, words released to the universe to be absorbed
Poetry has given me influence, influence in the reader, to taste and savor my the words, spiced with the different colors of ink, a reflection of what was yesterday, what is today and what could be tomorrow.
Poetry has given me a new family, a family of wordsmiths, new friends, no questions asked, only unconditional acceptance of who I am and want to be, critiquing is always positive for growth
Poetry has given me a space, a safe space to be, a space where I matter, my voice matters, a place in the universe
A place of learning
A place of openness
A place of refuge
A place of freedom
A place of love
A place of giving
A place of healing
A place of receiving
A place of reflecting
A place of beauty
A place of discovery
A place of revolution
A place of new beginnings
That is what poetry does






Washing dishes is a metaphor for life, you can’t let the dishes pile up without keeping away what was already on the dish rack. If you do, you will have a pile of dishes in the sink, a filled up dish rack with no space to keep the clean dishes you want to wash, an everyday kitchen management strategy.

Similarly, life is a continuous pile of dishes. Some of these dishes served you the best meals you ever had, while others served you a basic meal that just got you by, sometimes just a glass of water for sustenance and sometimes nothing to add onto the pile in the sink as much as your stack on the dish rack is full, learn the lesson and change your approach to life.

In life you have to have your plate ready for what life will serve you and whatever life serves you, it is only you who decides how you eat it and deal with it, a big spoon, a fork that let’s pieces slide through or a teaspoon of timid steps.

Life at times serves you many problems, you feel the pressure and can barely balance it. If you keep stacking up your problems in the sink of life without washing them or solving them, you will buckle under the weight of dirty dishes or problems.

Just as you wash your dishes one at a time, solve your life problems one at a time. Don’t let your problems pile up in the sink, if you do, you have no way of washing them or solving them. No amount of washing liquid will help. You may wash them, but the grease will remain underneath, forming a stinking mess.

Handle your problems one at a time, if you have put them on the rack, deal with them before you add any more on your dish rack which in this case is your life. Take one day at a time, solve today’s problems and don’t leave them pending on the dish rack of life. Problems tend to pile up so, deal with whatever life throws your way today as you wait on the gift of tomorrow.

(C)Thursday Night Life Reflections From Martin Ahere, Translated into Words By Beatrice 15/8/2019



NEW ORDER( A poem of resilience)

In the midst of all the chaos
How do we bring back the harmony
How do we connect the disconnection
How do we get back our power, our will as one people

In the midst of the chaos
How do we sew back the 47 torn pieces
How do we unite in justice for all of us, make it our shield and defender
How do we account for the lives lost, never to be seen again, some disappeared, vanished, bodies hurt and maimed

In the midst of the chaos
How do we get back to building our nation, we need our jobs, put food on our tables, take care of us and our families, spare something for our brothers and sisters with less

In the midst of the chaos
How do we make religion work for us, not taken over by politics but a place of refuge that does not discriminate, does not take sides but unifies

In the midst of the chaos
How do we get back Kenya, how do we rid ourselves of divisive politics
How do we put the interests of the citizens first, how do we do this?

In the midst of the chaos
How do we get a rebirth, unlock our minds, usher in a new Kenya,
How do we make the first step, it is possible, we can rebuild, reboot, repost, retweet a positive narrative
There can be a new Kenya
From chaos to a new order .



BEATRICE OTHIENO -AHERE is a creative spirit, with a deep and quiet soul. She has great belief in the motherland Africa and her richness often mistaken for poverty. Her passion is working with young people and women to amplify their powerful voices to maximize their potentials and break the chains that hold us back. Words are her power tool that ensure her thoughts are not just shadows but a light to a path of change. Dismantling the status quo and the socially accepted norms that create imbalance in our lives and are deeply rooted in who we are and determine our thoughts and actions give her a reason to inhale and exhale hoping for a better today and tomorrow.



mbizo-chirashaMBIZO CHIRASHA  is the 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub Curator . International Human Rights Art Festival African Fellow, Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine .Arts Features Writer at Cultural Weekly . Founder and Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal . Poetry Contributor to Atunis in Belgium. African Contributor to Demer Press International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His recent collection of his experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print ,on and at AfricanBooks Collective . Mbizo Chirasha is the Orginator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival. 2003Young Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development in Ghana. 2009 Participant to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the ShungunaMutitima Film Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. The Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer ,publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.


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