Cat Scratches

My side blog where I post things I like sometimes

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Because this has been stuck in my head for three days now.

Your father did not tell you
about the day he was arrested
hands cuffed,
he tried explaining
he just returned from Ghana
after they heard his thick accent,
after they saw his passport
they released him.

Your father did not tell you
about the day
he was almost killed
six weeks into his second job
as a security guard.

He calls you every saturday
hearing you tell him
how school has been

He sends your mother school fees
for his only child must have the best
your friends fathers are all doctors,
lawyers and businessmen
you lie that your father
is a lawyer in London.


Your father did not tell you
how he held your baby picture
in his wallet, kissing it every morning
for strength to survive.


Ten years ago
you heard the news reporter say,
“three hundred confirmed dead in the plane crash”
and you soon came to realize
your father did not tell you,
he wanted to surprise you
in Accra
for your birthday.

—   

flames

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

(via theijeoma)

I am sobbing over this. Wow. 

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

—   Joseph Joubert (via observando)

“Passing” is bullshit and I won’t do it - Guerrilla Feminism

THANK YOU.
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

(Source: guerrillafeminism)

“If someone loves you, they should not be envious of you pouring your heart and soul and time and energy into the things that you are passionate about, but instead….they should love you MORE because you are so involved in those things.”

—   Sharon Swan (via observando)

“Keep your accent tucked between your teeth, let it sleep on your tongue and don’t ever spit it out in shame.”

—   Ijeoma Umebinyuo. (via theijeoma)

(via theijeoma)

thevortexofourminds:

"World Builder"

Beautiful short. Definitly worth watching.

(Source: Spotify)

“I wonder
whose arms would I run and fall into
if I were drunk
in a room with everyone
I have ever loved.”

—   this becomes almost deeper when you think of non-romantic loves too (via asimetricna-vagina)

(Source: abbycogen, via amillionpetals)

"I’d love to be photographed by you…"

alveoliphotography:

alveoliphotography:

My favorite phrase in the English language.

Sometimes, all you have to do is ask…