Trending On My Mind
So I’ve had a lot on my mind this month, and the muse has been fickle and sporadic so I can’t say it’s given me just one thing to ponder on. And rather than plague you with my thought stream which at this time feels like a Mozilla Firefox window with 1001 tabs open and loading. I’ll pick a few topics trending on my mind right now and let you muse along with me?
- This month is World Poetry month… I’ve been feeling particularly poetic. Have you ever noticed how the best poems, songs and well art in general have root in pain? Be it death, or injustice and discrimination or self-degradation and failure. And of course love. That bitter-sweet thing… well here’s love poem that seems to be trending too:
My love for you is a calabash cracked,
And with every second and every step its contents waste
Drop by drop, evaporates
Whereas it would have moisturized your skin,
Healed the cracks left by past harmatans,
Caressed your innards, filled you up and squelched your souls hunger…
But drop by drop it wastes
And I pray alternatively but ever fervently one of two prayers…
May you close the distance and drink from my calabash or
May the dripping quicken, empty the vessel and free me to throw away this calabash
and hope with it.
2. This month also holds World Book Day slated internationally for April 23rd. The Anglophone Cameroon Writers Association of which I am a part of is trying to get this day more recognition in the country. In the Southwest region we have a reading competition for youth to encourage them to read beyond the narrow scope of their school required texts. A lot of people say we do not have the reading culture in Cameroon and leave it at that. Well that culture like all forms of culture does not fall from a tree or get declared by a prophet. It is grown are bred over time. When you rear a child to think the only reason they should be reading a book is to ward off failure in an upcoming exam, you stump all possibility of a “reading culture”. Moreover when you force children to read a particular genre you destroy the genuine inquisitiveness and curiosity- prerequisites to learning. There is no “bad book” Let them choose what they want to read, magazines, newspapers and even comic books all of these are forms of literature. And for God sakes just because it’s not Shakespeare or Hemingway or Soyinka doesn’t mean it’s not relevant.
i. COMMUNICATE. Women talk we expect that reciprocation at least. When someone sends you a 3 page SMS“Okay” doesn’t cut it as an answer. A lot of problems arise in relationships out of miscommunication. If men said their mind regularly and did not leave women to play guessing games a lot of time would be saved
ii. You are not doing a girl a singular honor by asking her out on a date. It’s supposed to be a two way treat. And her accepting to go out on a date with you doesn’t mean you are in a relationship. Separate the two.
iii. Define your purpose. Unfortunately women have been entrained to expect the asking and not to do the asking. As such they wait to be asked out and courted even if they are really interested (then some of them go overboard with the idea of stalling an answer so not as to seem “desperate”). So guideline # 3 would be defining your purpose from the first move. WHAT DO YOU WANT? We ae wary of guys by this century so tell us straight and save us time please… In fact use these question starters to lead you: What you want, Why you want it, Who you are and How long you plan to want this and How you plan to convince us….
iv. If you didn't know, the E in relationship stands for EFFORT. A political campaign takes 18 months of convincing people to win, yet you want to win a girls heart with one corny sms and credit for 500frs? Really? And before you guys go parading “I love you’s” and other promises please do take the time to know who you are talking to. How can you love what you do not know? Again, consider yourself a politician, know your demographics.
v. If your only virtue is in your pocket. It will be exploited and you should not complain. Do not expect VIP treatment unless you are dishing the same out.
Well this list is inexhaustible as new things keep flitting across my mind.
Let me just say HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY! And leave you with a thought to set off others… What are your top 5 most memorable books?