You are breathing fire, a phoenix risen from the embers reborn and yet the same as always; strong and dark and clever and good.   You are breathing fire because it has been spreading in your lungs a small spark planted there when you were born, feeding on all the small and big injustices that […]

December 9, 2018



London in autumn is a strange kind of beauty. Skies are blue and endless, marred only by the yellow leaves imprinted on them by the old oak trees in Regent’s Park. I live in an old brownstone block, the windows of my flat have white frames and red bricks framing the round end and sometimes […]

November 11, 2018

the queendom


that was something unheard of before but then she was crowned queen and she decided that a kingdom befitted a king and so would a queendom a queen which is what she called her speck of earth   and her people planted peonies on their windowsills and welcomed wayfaring strangers, and paupers, and kings alike […]

October 21, 2018



I’m moving out this week. Only for a little while, one semester, so it kind of slipped my notice. But the fact remains; I’ll be moving out soon. I’ll call a different place my home. Letters that are addressed to me will now carry an English street name, one that I’m not used to yet. […]

September 9, 2018

the elsewhere of ‘a’


In space, any possible event can be placed into three classes; events after a certain event A (from which light emanates in ever-growing circles, building a light cone) and events before that event A which are in the inverted “past” light cone leading to A. And then there’s the third, called the elsewhere of A. […]

August 5, 2018

the rescue


I’ll be home when the blackbirds sing and the sun rises in the evening   I’ll be home when I walk on the sky and earth is hanging above us when the mountains go inwards and the seas are upended when the stars are dark and the whole firmament blazing with gold   I’ll be […]

July 29, 2018



When humankind felt they had done all there was to do on earth and wanted to come closer to God than they ever had before, it was decided that they would build a miracle, a tower so high and mighty, it would reach into heaven and they would come to know God, and thus be […]

June 10, 2018

the gardener


A river is a river is a river is a river. It can not help it. It can not change its course, decide on a whim to start streaming upwards. A river is a river is a river is a river. But we are not. We are our own gardener, we know where we need […]

June 3, 2018

the place


do you know the place where thistles grow, and lilies, too?   do you know the place where aching is inevitable, and so is its reward; newfound hope?   do you know the place where love is boundless, and so is death?   do you know the place where darkness reigns, and so does light? […]

May 20, 2018



Whoever it was that made the mountains tall and the stars far-away and bright must have known about beauty and life, and the strangeness of it all. How come there’s an earth so perfectly tailor-made for every little being to co-exist; there’s the bees, which live their own little busy lives, with social ladders to […]

April 22, 2018

the perennial magic of cinemas (& movies)


I forgot how much I love going to the cinema. In the past few weeks I’ve seen three films from this award season and each time I walked out of the movie theatre in somewhat of a daze, asking myself why the hell I hadn’t done this for so long. The great movies themselves aside, […]

March 25, 2018

carnation, lily


I never used to like art all that much. Maybe that’s a weird thing to say. It’s not that I’ve actively disliked it, it’s just that I didn’t particularly care for it. I’d walk through galleries and not really feel the connection I knew I was supposed to feel, the joy of looking at something […]

January 28, 2018

new year’s resolutions & all that jazz


I’m a firm believer in New Year’s Resolutions. As the year is drawing to its close, I’ve spoken to a few people about resolution-making and noticed that there’s a wide variety of opinions to be had on the matter, ranging from appalled at the idea and the whole humdrum surrounding it, to people who never […]

December 30, 2017