Poetry

She wears her poverty

She wears her poverty

She wears her poverty like a cloak Licence to speak Freedom to be A freak To get 3rd helpings and chew them loudly Daring anyone present, to object She will hit you with her shack In the informal settlement A reminder of all the ways […]

My War

My War

I am always present in the world. It’s a conscious decision not to partake in the communion of souls. I like to watch.. from the sidelines, sometimes. I am present in the atmosphere, My breath joins others, creating life with the sun. I am as […]

A Family Holiday

A Family Holiday

I want to go away someplace warm With Toni and Rowan… By the sea; collect shells and sink our feet in the cool sand. I want a typical holiday; hotel lobbies and sand castles Fake potted plants or real dotted palms The sun streaming through […]

Energy

Energy

The city moves with a pulse. Brick and mortar against warm bodies. It slithers, alive with need and desire. Along bree; stop and feel it, Touch, smell, taste and sight. The senses assailed by throngs of bodies moving in rhythm. Walls awash with prisms. There […]

Africa Rising

Africa Rising

There is a deep love for Africa in the soul. Potholes, dusty pavements, rich soils. The sun comes down happy and joyous on this beautiful continent. I can try and explain the passion for this dear land, But mostly I just feel her…in my gut. […]

Is vs Was

Is vs Was

And yet it seems only your face is still clear. When my mind’s eye dares travel far beyond what’s here. Indefinable, dark silhouettes still walk the same path. Others seem obliterated, diffused in mazes along which I do not venture. My narcissism is boundless, I […]

She’s just a girl

She’s just a girl

What a cliche it all is. That while you stood there, I stared. That when you smiled, I crushed. That when you laughed, it was like a tinkling of beautiful gems. What a cliche I am. That I could not resist. That I couldn’t not […]

The tin woman has a heart

The tin woman has a heart

To all the faces I brace, Against…smile an armour, I use…like a talisman. It is easier to speak of the height of the sun, Than delve into the tin to find soft tissue. It is lighter to talk of the dust that impersonates sand, Than […]

For you

For you

Your smile, forever changing. Now hemming in on my poor heart and taking it places. Then reeling me into your eyes, constantly searching. With glee, it glows; windows light, the soul shines. Pines at mine, that often gives you joy. When shy, my face lights […]

Let me

Let me

Let me tell you a secret. Let me whisper into your ear a sweetness. I want to watch your eyes crinkle up so, when you hear it. I want the corners of your mouth to turn up in a smile. I want to see your […]