When reminiscence wakes us up from slumber,
It awakens the nostalgic feelings of childhood.
Can we ever forget those joyous days?
Those days, we chased flies that ran from us,
Played with marbles, and played-fought.
Those days, we pitter patter in the rain
with excitements on our faces.
Those days, we ran around
picking up flowers in the bush,
Singing and kicking our legs in delight.
Those days, we knew the joy of being protected and guided and kissed on the cheeks.
Knowing again my childhood moments,
I find myself filled with smiles and laughter.
Abdul Hadi Haleemah
is a Nigerian writer and a lover of art. She is studying Pasture Agronomy at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She finds solitude appealing, and writes on diverse themes. Her works have been published on blogs and magazines like Zenpens, Academy Heart of Mind, MuslimWrites, Rasa Literary Review, PraxisMag, Sub-Saharan Mag, WritenowLit, OddMag, etc and journal/anthologies such as The Quills, Best of Africa and A Virus Pursed the World. Some are also forthcoming on online magazines such as DreichMag, Artmosterrific, and others. She emerged the second runner up at Ramadan Tercet Contest (2020) and was shortlisted for the PoesyWriter contest (2019). You can reach her on Instagram @abdulhadihaleemah.
Cover image credit: Tosin Taiwo