Random Things: Week 19

1. Elections, elections and elections

I’ve been a busy citizen with all these elections: April 14th were Finnish parliamentary elections, May 8th South African general elections and forthcoming May 26th European elections. I’m grateful for all this because in some countries it’s difficult for women to vote.

2. Writer, do you know how far your book travels?

You might find this story in the Johannesburg Review of Books issue interesting. While on the subject of copyright, you can also read how the European Copyright has been adjusted.

3. The psychology of wanting things we can’t have

I’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale series, at last. Urgh! The child-bearing servitude depicted here makes my blood boil.

4. There are things I’d like to understanding about mental illness

Christina Bergling, one of the horror writers I enjoy reading, sheds some light with her moving memoir, How to Kill Yourself Slowly. Please listen to her read!

5. Lost & Found

Below is an excerpt of a draft poem I lost almost five years ago. It’s one of those gifted poems, I wrote in one sitting. When I wanted to edit it later on, I searched high and low but in vain. And voilà! This week I found it nicely tucked under my old poetry assignments. Oh, the joys of spring cleaning!

Wishing you a weekend full of wonder!

Every Friday, I’ll share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. Hope you find them interesting.

A Gift I’d Rather Have

air thick with birdsong
a bard’s word full of wonder
daydream a fortune

for Poets United

notes: But what’s exciting in my world right? I’m finally tackling spring cleaning and rearranging furniture as I hold my breath, South Africa is voting today. I hope every vote counts in turning things around. And that’s a gift I’d rather have.

It’s still a Long Walk to Freedom – Lion’s Head, Cape Town