Present

Present

It’s been bubbling for weeks in my tight chest my knotted stomach and shaky fingers that run through your beard soft and coarse.I look at my palms covered with lines my tongue tied with more that fail to let loose. I see them. Holding hands intertwined with hope... Read more
Don’t Swallow My Name

Don’t Swallow My Name

Performed at Pen Powered Mic II on 1 August 2014. Don’t swallow my name. Don’t bite on the vowels and spit out consonants you feel should remain. As though only a minute part of me is worthy to linger on the tip of your tongue; the rest discarded to the... Read more
Painting Portraits

Painting Portraits

They ask me what my mother looks like and I tell them her heart is purple pulpbattered from the squeezes and tugs knowing Baba might be another face stamped with a number to be matched to a body. I tell them her eyes are crimson plates their stark green offerings ran... Read more
I am a Woman

I am a Woman

This piece was exclusively performed at Pen Powered Mic I on 31 May 2014. It’s a piece that was written to be read, so if you’d like to record your rendition of the piece and send it to me (email me via the contact form), I may post it as a feature right... Read more
The Tale’s Tale – ‘Wealth Surrounds Me’

The Tale’s Tale – ‘Wealth Surrounds Me’

I often get asked what the ‘story’ is behind a piece – its meaning and how it came about – so I’m posting ‘The Tale’s Tale’ for my published poem, ‘Wealth Surrounds Me’. It’s a piece that’s very close to me,... Read more
She Told Me

She Told Me

She perched on my knee no more than 7 or 8, her large eyes fixed ahead as she began to narrate. She journeyed to her future as I dwelled on her past, and when our paths crossed I realised time moves way too fast. She told me of the beatings that didn’t leave her... Read more

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