Spoiled Beauty

In a place that held magic and beauty in abundance – magic not always in its light form – a little girl with many interesting gifts was born into an ordinary family. One of her gifts was beauty; an outer beauty only eclipsed by her inner beauty.

When she was born her family gathered around her, taking in turns to hold the beautiful little girl. No one was more taken in by her beauty than her father, who would call her, “A Gift.”

As the little girl attracted more and more admirers, she also attracted the anger of a local witch. They called her a witch because she practised dark magic. And she liked being called a witch because they feared her. Sometimes her magic worked; sometimes it left her frustrated as it had no impact on her victims.

So the witch began casting her magic. She mixed a potion designed to make the little girl unattractive. It didn’t work, or so the witch thought, at the time. It would take many years for it to manifest itself in her life. However, some things did start to happen to her that immediately pleased the witch. The little girl’s parents split up shortly after her first birthday. A couple of years later her father died in a tragic circumstance. Still, the little girl remained the most beautiful in her village and the witch continued her evil attacks.

As she grew, so did her beauty. In her mid-teens, long jet black hair danced around her tiny waist and her smile radiated rooms, only now her admirers changed considerably and she had very few female friends.

When the witch’s magic made its way to her physical appearance, the girl, by then a young adult, lost a foot in a horrible accident. At the time she had moved away from the village for college. And the witch also moved on – in her case, she died a few years earlier.

One day her cousin who was sitting with their grandmother lamented her cousin’s condition. Her grandmother told her, “Sometimes beauty has to be spoiled for us to accept it – look at her; she now has more friends than she ever did.”

© K. Leeban

And what becomes of religion?

While led by men,

Its purpose to control

Free from questioning

Tied to a region

And time.

Abandoned by the free

And the thinkers,

It becomes confined.

And when those who find themselves in confinement,

Break the chains

For they prayed for a bread

Kneeling for the Lord’s mercy…

It never came,

They, too, will stand…

Then religion will be read in the history pages

Confined to past civilisations

In the same way as the Seven Wonders

And we will wonder…

About what they saw!

© K. Leeban

Homeless, I roamed

Homeless, I roamed…

I’ve been homeless for most of my life…


You may ask…

What’s a home? I’d say…

It’s belonging,

It’s love!

And that’s why I’ve been homeless.

As a homeless soul

I roamed

In searched for a home…

Bags packed,

I travelled foreign lands

From Rome to Ramallah

I roamed.

I scanned different faces

In cafes,

For a place I can call home,

And I went from a place to place

From a face to face

In search for home

Until I found home

Because I knew that home is not a house

Or a place

But a heart

Where one belongs…

© K. Leeban

Samara Smiled…

Etched across her face was a smile

That matched the sun on the brightest day

‘Happy Samara,’ they would say

Friends and foes alike,

Were treated to it.

Concealed behind that smile

Was a world that would have you running miles

But what they saw was, ‘Happy Samara’

For her smile matched the sun on the brightest day

That’s how Samara faced the world,

With a bright smile.

© K. Leeban

Child of Cruelty

Hey Child of Cruelty,

What has become of you?


How do you cope?

I self-medicate…

Sometimes I’m high dancing with the angels,

Sometimes I’m so high,

That I think I am an angel!

But then I am PAIN, PAIN, PAIN!

And what has become of you?

I became a source of pain

And you?

I became the master of pain and ruled the oceans!

Hey Child of Cruelty,

What has become of you?

I went to prison and became a number.

And you, oh Child of Cruelty?

I loved Cruelty,

And you?

I saw and loved pain,

Oh, and you?

I chose to leave Cruelty and become dust

And you?

I searched the globe for love and found myself!

© K. Leeban

The Broken Shall Not Bow

So, you came to establish yourself
On my ruins,
To glorify yourself in the homes of the broken,
the reason for their despair.
But they will no longer bow,
Only respect
The power so mighty
Yet still sees strength within they
For they will no longer bow to tyrants
Yet below,
As to stoop to the homes of the broken,
Demanding glory,
For we are broken
and don’t know what glory is!
So come down
As lower
So we may glorify you
We don’t know how to bow to the high,
We have never reached this height!

© K. Leeban

God of darkness

I asked of God, and then I got darkness,

So I said…

Go for if you’re God then man has served justice better than you

Therefore I can never seek it in your name

Go, for if you’re God then the absence of peace in my heart

Is due to your presence

Go, for if you’re God then light is light on your scales

For I am engulfed in darkness most days

Go, for if you’re God I can never be love

Or be loved

Surely that would displease you

Go for if you’re God then dignity is something not designed for women

Or for those of darker shades

Go for if you’re the hand that gives

Then you can never give until you strip your recipient of dignity

Go darkness, for God has lost his throne

© K. Leeban

I castrate them!


You may ask

Read I say…

I am a traveller, he said

Let me recall all of my wanders…

Then I recalled mine

It appeared I had seen more…

I am a well read man, he said

Then he quoted dead men

I asked for his own take on life,

You see, I wanted to see the greatness in my man

Not the dead authors whose words I was already familiar with

He called me a snob.

I know about religions, he said

I listened and we debated…

How do you know so much?

He asked!

I am a businessman, he said

You’re just a con artist,

I said!

I am a politician, he said

You’ll be the fool of tomorrow,

I said!

I’m a jogger he said, care to join me on the track?

Sure I said…

Then I ran four laps more than he

I never heard from the man who followed me for four blocks to get my number

I know why you’re single, I heard

Because your beauty is so intimidating!

I’m afraid I have more problems with my inner beauty than my exterior, I said

Do you want to hear me speak?

I never heard from him again

I am a lover, he said,

Show me love, I said…

And I was his!

© K. Leeban