We bring to you our featured writer Khaya Ronkainen
with and an excerpt from her poetry book:
and her short story:
A CHAPTER FROM AN UNPUBLISHED NOVEL
AN INTERVIEW with Khaya Ronkainen
Connect with Khaya on her website
Connect with Khaya on Instagram
Buy her book THE SHELTERING
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer of poetry and prose. Her work is largely influenced by nature, often examines the duality of an immigrant’s life and lately also explores themes of ageing and women’s health.
She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Seasons Defined (2018) and From the Depth of Darkness (2019), as well as full-length collection The Sheltering (2022). Some of her work has been anthologized and published in various international literary journals.
Khaya enjoys a dual South African and Finnish citizenship, and currently lives in Finland with her husband.
You can find more of her work on her website or connect with her on Instagram @khaya.ronkainen.
BOOK EXCERPT: Poetry
by Khaya Ronkainen
I count syllables with no inclination to tally my emotions. A single death is tragic but nothing of this is real.
A LIFELINE TO REGAINING SANITY
Calm is the majestic swan that never blinks an eye but breeds close to the shore and feeds in deep waters Bold is the territorial cob on patrol, keeping an eye on disciplined cygnets keeping silence You beauty! I heard you call at sunset I searched for you at sunrise In the morn, you emerge like a dream as I whisper your name like a little prayer Temptation to capture your elegance and anchor a memory as you glide towards me overwhelms But when you come so close I pay attention for nothing escapes an intuitive regal pen.
These poems are a part of Khaya Ronkainen’s poetry collection “The Sheltering“.
Book Description: THE SHELTERING
The recent years have been violent to most of us, with one crisis after another. We all are dealing with grief. A collective and personal anguish for things and people dear to us, we’ve lost.
The Sheltering is a recounting of pandemic and political anxieties through verse. The book exists as a witness to the darkest times of our modern society. A collection of poems that explores social injustice, pandemic, family and war, centres on themes of loss, grief, healing and resilience. Sometimes a dare, and other times a plea, the author invites the reader to sit with their feelings in a world that wants us to heal fast and move on.
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