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Talented Black creators spotlight: Catherine Nyomenda (Chap 3).

She dances between worlds of words

By Novel AllenPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - May 2024
A Black Dahlia production

Catherine reminds me of an enigma wrapped within a riddle. When she writes, she skips between the poetic and the dramatic. Her highlights of the African lifestyles of herself, of authors whom she admires, and the many nuances of love keeps you wondering and pondering the passage of life.

She reaches deep down, searching for soul inspired poetry, sharing them in her unique style.

Here is a deep Haiku/poem in which she tells us that she blooms in the face of adversity, sending a strong, positive message to all who will listen.

"I am blooming from the

wound where I once bled."

It takes losing something important, to realize that it actually meant something. So, when a woman cries, someone listens. If it’s not you, then it’s the universe. Whoever listens, acts. Don’t let the universe act. For it’ll be against you.

The last time I saw eyes puffy was the day my mother buried my father. As she grabbed a fistful of the red upcountry loam soil and dropped it in the grave with resigned acceptance, I looked right inside her eyes and reacted with horror at the overt caterpillars, splashed all over her eyes like weeds on a neglected garden.

I was young when my father died. And naïve. It was back in the days when I was certain that crying was for children. Not grownups.

So when my mother turned up at the funeral with red swollen eyes I tugged at Elly’s arm and asked him, “Elly, who beat mother”

“What do you mean?” Elly, my elder brother asked, his eyes focused more on the hole our father was disappearing into, than on the curious little boy whose appreciation of death was as non-existent as his appreciation of life.

“Her eyes”, I commented. “They are horrifying”

“It’s just what happens when people lose those they care about”

That day I learned something I hadn’t realized until a decade later. That you might not really laugh with someone, hold their hand when their hand needs holding, pass them a hankie when the waterworks come calling, or empty vodka bottles with them, but when you wake up and find them gone, the waterworks will hit. And they’ll hit hard.

Catherine's realization of what one may have missed out on when a loved one died, opened her eyes to a very important message. A message which she shares and hopes that we always practice. It is for us to embrace our loved ones, keep them close and enjoy the gift of every day that we spend with them.

Love and vulnerability

"I will fight for growth


I will violently shed my skin

Reveal my tender heart

And meet you on my knees in pure


The way I Love is an act of rebellion"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wow!


The day I buy myself a color black Harrier

I will shave my legs

steam my thighs

and paint my hair red.

I will slide into my little black dress

and stuff my feet inside a pair of drop-dead gorgeous six-inch heels

I am yet to decide on the importance of wearing underwear.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Catherine being free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evolve spiritually with you

Communicate effectively with you

Listen without judging you

Inspire the growth in you

Profess love to you

Seek to understand you

Embrace beautiful moments with you


As you continue your creative journey Catherine, may you find peace, joy and enjoyment in the freedom of expression which is your signature message.

It is a joy to know you!!!



About the Creator

Novel Allen

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~~ Rabindranath Tagore~~

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  • ROCK 23 days ago

    Thank you for sharing some prolific writers; I have a lot to read!

  • infocampus logicsabout a month ago

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that produce the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  • Tiffany Gordon about a month ago

    I truly enjoyed this special spotlight piece! Beautiful Work Novie!

  • Bozhan Bozhkovabout a month ago

    Thank you Novel for these reviews of talented authors! They help me to be much more oriented on Vocal.

  • Anna about a month ago

    Congrats on your Top Story!

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Congrats, Novel. This is so gracious of you to give back to the community by uncovering a gem in the form of Catherine’s work. I was moved by this. Thank you!

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Congratulations on your top story.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Brin J.about a month ago

    I love when Vocal members give appreciation to other members, sharing their favorite works <3. It's thoughtful and inspiring.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    This is such a wonderful tribute to other amazing authors on Vocal! I love what you did here and will admit that I am enticed to check out some of their work now!! 😊 Great work Novel and congrats on Top Story!!

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Grateful for this!!! Thank you, Novel!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    I love Catherine's work! Nicely done, Novel.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Thank you for this lovely tribute. I'm excited to go discover more of Catherine Nyomenda's writing!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I'm a hugeeeee fan of Catherine and I always enjoy her writing! 🥰🥰🥰

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    Such a thoughtful thing to do. Amazing idea and tribute!

  • Catherine Nyomendaabout a month ago

    I think the word Thank you isn't enough to express my gratitude on you! Thank you for thinking of me as often as you do, lots of love from me Allen. ❤️❤️

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