Julie Wangombe perfoms her poem, "A Poetic Reintroduction to Africa", at TED Talent Search.

Julie's Blog — Navigating the Grey Through Prose & Poetry

I see it clear: indeed you’re vain. I see it clear: you are a pain! I see it clear: your troubled frame But not so clear… that I’m the same.

The ability to be succinct Is reserved for those who stop to think. And think.

Today, I will write about laughter! Delight in the mystery of happily ever after, Fight the instinct to shrink away from the light into shell-cracked cocoon, to reflect on my wounds instead, I will abandon shoes to feel the morning dew – scented with possibility. Today, I will stand right under noon-day sun until I …

You insist on holding onto a war torn racism. A dog-eared dogma. A stereotype that has embedded itself in your soul, through songs you listened to, jokes your classmates made, stories you were told where ‘they’ were always ‘lazy thieves’ ‘liars’ ‘barbarians’ ‘gluttons’ ‘half-devils’ ‘snakes’ ‘hungry for power’ So that one day, if someone needed …

We are none of us pure. We, displaced and damaged by twin forces of tainted love and human violence See through eyes aflame with trepidation. Children of unknown origin. Trembling at every intersection we meet in the quest for direction. Afraid that we may get it wrong, again. Afraid, really, that nothing has ever been quite …

I hadn’t heard much about best-selling author and columnist Malcolm Gladwell before I decided to buy and read two of his books, Blink and Outliers, but I’m really glad I did buy them and after reading them, I would happily buy more of his books. Outliers, the book I most recently read from Gladwell, is …

Dear World, I swallowed myself whole for you all fingers and bits I’ve picked up clicks and colloquial and things.. I never even agreed with. I wish… I had chocked on me… Then at least you’d have know that I’d swallowed something so remarkable, grandiose and whole that it gave me that full-blown sense of …