Untethered

Tether me to the riverbankI will resist There are currents to follow, contoursto memorize Let me soarthese wings capableimagination intact. (Image mine)

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Who Speaks For The Silent?

Your voice, he said, it sounds…different… Project your voiceI learned in theatre,speak to the backkeep it strongdon’t falter I had to replay your message several times…. Hold that notedig deep –from the diaphragmsing from your belly Must be something wrong with the machine… Demonstrate convictionlet your tone convey passionstand tall, be confidentmotivate your audienceDad, the […]

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Dear Legs

I’ve been remiss in expressing appreciationall the years you’ve carried me – stride confident, pace swift, head turning grace – We wobble now, you and I,strength questionablestilted soldiers forging againsta tide of contrary currents Remember endless laps in the poolprepping for provincial meets,then dancing till the wee hoursgetting down with disco? We were champions, you […]

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Walnut Tree

One tree –a solo sentinel –beckons Take comfort,says she,beneath my boughs But I am hungrybalk at simplicitysilence adverse Till fate arrests melegs no longer fleeingthe great Walnut my saviour. (Image my own)

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Teach Me

Teach me reverenceam losing groundchildren adultingmothering in a void Teach me acceptancedisability’s waters floodI’m in the marginsan afterthought I concede life changesrelease control – passionbegs an outlet; I am wornbut I am open. Teach me. (Image mine)

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Snakes at My Door

A preacher dominatessix o’clock newsmegaphone voicecommanding protestmask-less hordes roar A young repairmanoffs his mask with distasteclaims it’s all a hoax,the cure is withhelda ploy to control –read it on the internet. A friend whose wisdomand words have inspiredconfesses she’ll not acceptvaccination, as her lifeis in God’s hands. And from behind a curtainof despair, I observeas […]

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Solitude (3)

Solitude.I dream ofpanoramic silence –breathtakingboundless sanctity. Solitude.Wrapped in separatenesscardboard walls fallencurling corners of instability –no refuge in stillness. Solitude.Smothering starknessmadness reverberatingcanyons of alonenessoverbearing. Solitude.Persevereregale momentsfeathered encountersfaces on screenstendernessin voices. Solitude.Grace finds memercy lifts soulpossibilityopens the doorpanoramic. (This is a rewrite of an older poem, last appearing here in August, 2018. I submit it for Reena’s […]

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Ride Along With Me (2)

Passenger, am Ibackseat travellerinput unsolicited I ride along. Passenger, am Iview limiteddirection speculative I am not driving. Driver is motivatedself-assuredI relax…untiltemptation boards Wait a minute; who invited temptation? Driver is distractedego taking the wheelWho’s paying attention? I am not alone. Lackadaisical dropoutsits with me – moochand weekend boozer How did he get here? Vehicle is […]

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I Wave, Maintain Distance

Feels so clinical this measuring of distance Neighbours congregate camaraderie a pull I hide behind glass record temperature blood pressure Underlying conditions condemn closeness Laughter of mask-less trickles through panes I pray for strength clarity of purpose refrain from joining in. (For Eugi’s Weekly prompt:  neighbour)

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Shadow Dancing

Inessential am I ghost of a woman burden avoidance Imperfect am I each flaw a step towards deepening blue And yet,  I exist purpose unknown shadow dancing. (Image: Self-portrait)

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