to be African, to be Woman, to be Creative, to be Fashionable, to be Intelligible, to be Beautiful.....to be IMARA

imara by Mshana

This is the canvas and the pages on which I curate and display the life I wish to create for myself and other liminal hu-women like myself. I explore here my passion for fashion, present my literally inspired visual arts, write my visual arts inspired written works, share my linguistics, travel diaries, show my finding comfort in food, and heck, whatever else I feel like... Welcome and enjoy!

Imagined love


~ Love, Nonsense


Today I mourned for the death of our love again.

In tears I looked at myself in the mirror and my reflection reminded me that, what I missed was not you…because, it was never about you. What I truly missed is what we could have been.

With that thought I was reminded of what lives in me; the poetry, the love nonsense, the romance that I brought to life with my imagination and most of all the version of you that I crafted with my thought. How could I have not known this already? 

You almost had me convinced that it was your good acting and not my perfect script that made the story. I dried my tears and said to myself, “I am such an artist! If my mind alone created all that, imagine what I can do with time, space and a man who is willing to be my canvas.”