“Attitude is a little thing that makes a difference.” – Winston Churchill

I wear attitude and watch
heads turn
eyes probe

I hear a whisper drops

“Who is she?”
“What does she know?”

I’m nobody
I know nothing

I wear attitude—
not unique but always in style

On Writing and Living…

I pondered Rommy’s question, “How do you like to express your unique style?”

I thought of my signature braids. Without them some people can hardly recognise me. I kid you not, I’ve been asked on occasions if I was my sister.

I thought of fashion. In retrospect, I think I chose a wrong career, I should have been in fashion.

…and that’s me wearing an attitude.

But to cut a long story short, I don’t think I have a unique style. I do and express in ways that feel natural to me, and not always visible to others. This means I feel the most creative, powerful and vulnerable, at the same time, when I have nothing else on but attitude. Writing naked is the only way I know how to express or affirm.

Be careful with how you interpret the last sentence; I’m talking about emotions!

Khaya Ronkainen


  1. With such a killer signature accessory as your attitude, you don’t need much else. Strut your stuff!

  2. When I first read the note, I thought you were saying you didn’t have a unique style of writing. I was readying my critic’s claws to fight that ridiculous notion. I went back to read again, just to make sure I hadn’t missed something vital, and thank goodness! The note was almost exclusively about fashion. I’m very happy I don’t have to fight you on behalf of your very unique writing muse. Because no one writes about Nature and emotions in the way you do. You feel what Nature does and it shows in your words, and that is extra-yummy.

    About the poem and about attitude and about getting confused with other people… I’m right there with you (well, except on the getting confused with someone else bit. I look like my grandmother and mother but the age difference always kept us safe from being assassinated or receiving large amounts of cash as a result of mistaken identity *hehehe*). I understand about having a style that is not completely ours, but that is all us when it comes to attitude–many people like skulls and daisies and enjoy wearing red and black, but no one likes them exactly like I do.

    I love that picture of you. One of these days, you must share some images of you flicking those wonderful braids around. For some reason, I’m imagining you doing just that (and probably rolling your eyes, too). 😀

  3. “I’m very happy I don’t have to fight you on behalf of your very unique writing muse.” I nearly chocked on my morning coffee with laughter, when I read this. 😀 😀 Thank goodness, I don’t have to fight you because I wouldn’t win. Thanks Maga for such a lovely comment. It’s always good to receive encouraging feedback from one’s peers.

    That is so true with regard to style, each and everyone of us have their own way of carrying it out. I guess it’s what we do with attitude that reveals our unique personalities. The combination of skulls and daisies is deep; a celebration of life. And I agree, we can’t possibly like it the same way.

    I promise to share some images of my beloved braids, one of these days. 🙂

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