Come Wind or Sun – Novel Excerpt


When the cell door shut behind Emilio, he knew that there was no turning back. He collapsed on the metallic bed, feeling like the Fulani bull he encountered as a ten-year-old boy, when visiting his maternal grandfather’s village. The day before its slaughter, the beast was allowed to graze and roam without restraint. On the day, however, four strong men captured the animal, spreading it … Continue reading Come Wind or Sun – Novel Excerpt

My Story as Told… at Mixed-Race Faces


‘Not location, not race and not the skin colour make the basis of a friendship or love but the heart and soul’. Yesterday, my story was featured @mixedracefaces. It is amazing to me that colour of one’s skin is a problem still and to so many… But then, on the other hand, it isn’t surprising because there are people out there who benefit from division. … Continue reading My Story as Told… at Mixed-Race Faces

Poem, “I Can’t Breathe”


.If the world didn’t call out your name You would be just one more number Not the first nor the last… Just another one… biting the dust… . But, . We’re weary of seeing blood being shed Especially, by those who are meant to protect… . Except, he was pinned to the ground, unarmed! “They’re killing me,” he said to his mum… It’s a life … Continue reading Poem, “I Can’t Breathe”

Mirage, Marriage, Memoir – Poem


He looked good and had a lot, So she entered the mirage – Only, she had failed to notice Ugliness & lack, inside. Their mirage turned to a marriage From hell – especially for her… Technically, it was not a marriage – She was not the only girl. Damn. Had she known before. Man! Had she shut that door. Now, things are not as they … Continue reading Mirage, Marriage, Memoir – Poem

Quick Novel Writing Update & Story Time


Today, Ai was late for work. It was meant to be business as usual – deadlines, spreadsheets and a few simple telephone conversations. And it would be so… if the wind didn’t frustrate her clients by delaying deliveries from France. One of them kept yelling at Ai for half an hour. “I’m so sorry, Mrs. Smith. I know it’s your sofa, but our vendors cannot deliver … Continue reading Quick Novel Writing Update & Story Time

Novel Writing Update – Story Time


“…but she did wonder if indeed one needed ‘all that money’. And if not, what did one need to be happy?” © Monika Ribeiro 2020 In a nutshell, my novel (in the making) titled “Everywhere & Always” is about the pursuit of happiness. And, you’ll probably agree that it’s almost impossible to explore happiness without addressing money… So, I decided to throw some of my … Continue reading Novel Writing Update – Story Time

One More Poem – Shielded Memories


I had said that while working on my novel I’d put the brakes on writing poetry. And, I have kept to that until now. However,on Wednesday, my friend/mentor’s body was cremated. I had been invited to say a few words at her funeral… Barbara was a big supporter of my poetry and often expressed her desire to be in the audience when I performed. Sadly, … Continue reading One More Poem – Shielded Memories

Let’s Make the Most of Our Time…


My 2019 ended… well… with passing away of one of my mentors and friends. Mine and other journalists’ tributes have just been published by the Voice News. And, I couldn’t start 2020 without acknowledging the impact this editor/publisher and friend had on my writing and life. “…Barbara Campbell trained me as a journalist while I was freelancing for Black Heritage Today and International Women’s Month magazines. She taught me … Continue reading Let’s Make the Most of Our Time…

Everywhere & Always – A Story Waiting to be Told


“It was one of those afternoons when the beautiful summer sun chased even zealous hermits out their four walls. All but one. Her curtains were closed all day. She didn’t notice the sun’s rays and her skin couldn’t feel its warmth…” Yes, there’s a new book in the making! The first draft is done. Yuppie! However,… Yes, there’s a however… I have a bunch of … Continue reading Everywhere & Always – A Story Waiting to be Told