There must be an alternative to being honest. Think about it. How much trouble have you gotten into for being honest? None.

None in your eyes, that’s certain. And honesty can be applicable in any situation. Any relation. At work. At home. At war.

An explosion in a playground filled with children in northern Gaza took my breath away on Monday night. For if there are humans who preach honesty more than any other, it’s children. But the eight children, not to mention the adults, that were killed will never have the opportunity to pursue their honesty.

We on the other hand, or in this physical world, can. And honesty begins from the home, the family, friends, colleagues, lovers; our children, our daily lives.

I’m tempted to erase the few paragraphs I’ve written in a fret that I’m going to sound like an idealistic rant once again. I tend to do that.

But I’m also provoked by the injustice I’m seeing all around us. At home, with people, across the divide and a stone’s throw away from our little Mediterranean island.

So should I tell you my opinion? Should I honestly tell you what’s going through my mind and tread on your thoughts for the sake of being honest?

Well no. Not this time. Because you’ve heard it before. You know the essence of what I want to say. And if I have to waste a breath of honesty to state the obvious I’d rather keep a silence that may be broken for a much more needed honesty.

An honesty that comes with action and re-action; with love and compassion for the people standing opposite you. Humanity has gone insane. And I have lost the words of being honest. Honestly.



*Published in The Cyprus Weekly Newspaper on Saturday  2 August, 2014.





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About Melissa Hekkers

I am freelance journalist and author, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus. Recently, I've been focusing on developing my writing, promoting my own books and teaching creative writing to children and adults. My most recent publication (2020) - Amir's Blue Elephant- pushes the boundaries of creative non-fiction, and recreates the moments that marked me the most, whilst volunteering in refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece, and during her ongoing involvement with the refugee community in Cyprus. In 2018 I published My Capre Greco Mandala which is the third in a series, an interactive colouring book about the biodiversity of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus. My Akamas Mandala, the second in the series, is a colouring book inspired by the variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Peninsula. In 2016, I published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia. I also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: I writes about migrants and refugees, both as a reporter and a features writer; I profile them and teach them creative writing skills. In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, I published my first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, I launched my second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which I was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. My third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014. In between the last two books, I published my first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth. In 2019 she was contributing author to the anthology Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City, published by Saqi Books, London