They never tooklong to make,nor did they lackthat tender sloppinesswhich made the petalsmelt pink in the palms,like juiced hearts.These were whenwe ran ourfingers through thewilting stems; supposedthey were her hairor her hands.These were whenwe laboured thoseshy hours awayin a shivering lineof blushes, makinga short-lived toyof short-lived love.
who told you to go crouch at the edge of the stormdrain the whole night, feed handfuls of yourselfto the rainwater? you’ve got a cold now, and yourclothes are drenched from last night’s storm, andi have to climb down there and crawl in the mudafter the bullfrogs, reach into each of their paleglowing moon-bellies and […]
Ma says she has bigger fish to fry.Disregarding sprats, the white fish,she hoists up an ilish mach about the lengthof her forearm. I watch her accept itwith her knife, oil puckeringin the saucepan, anticipatingskirts of damp coriander,a fat chalk of canned coconut milk.There is a tenderness to the beheading.Ma cradles ilish jaw like a son-in-law,an […]
January they told us it was just a few tests,Probably nothing to worry about, they said.February they were concerned,Something wasn’t right, they said.We don’t know yet,Just a few more tests.March we feared the worse,As we heard the news from the nurse.We’ll try our best to help, they said.April we had hope, treatments went well.It might […]
Content warning: self-harm One dayI woke upThinking maybe I’ll be a writerAnd it never really went awayOne dayI woke upAnd thought maybe I’ll be a singerThat never really went awayOne dayI woke upThought I’d fall in love with a friendTry my hand at being gayThat never really went awayOne dayI woke upAnd I fell back […]
I mean, I don’t blame them. I mean, languageHas its limits, right? I mean, how could theyEver say the silent swishing ‘x’ ofXuě, as in blood, or, with an upward lilt,Xué, to learn? I mean, how would they everKnow what it means not to know, but to seeA rat come to life in ink and […]
Welcome to Tottenham.Where we wake up to the smell of ‘Chick king’,Mixed with the odour of the corpse from the night before.Where we cover our blood stained streets with dried up gum,Where kids have holes in their last pairs of shoes,Where daddy left mummy and mummy’s left poor.Welcome to Tottenham.Where if you look like me […]
No more sky.No immense blanket for the wistful clouds,To peacefully rest and slumber in tranquillity, or to scream and cry in the blue sky. No more oceans.No fast flowing currents like a raging bull racing rapidly with mighty motions,All slick surfboards concealed away, quietly and without a whisper. No more blueberries.No explosive orbs of ecstasy, […]
Contains strong language write a shitty poembecause shitty poems are likelettersleft unsent in the back of the post officehalf-smoked cigarettes,a deflated rugby ball in the bushes behind the school field.shitty poemsare like headphonesbut when only one ear is awake,warm bread instead of toast,cracked plastic cups at children’s partiesthat cry orange squash all over the floor […]
It was mama who taught me, mi please and mi thank-yous,And small island who taught I my vowelsDem a call it colloquial, slangIt’s my tongueBut mi cyant speak like dem no more now “This is Queen’s speech, England,Proper way and proper talk.”De right way, colonised wayDeny your race like issa sport My “h’s”, my accentWere […]
In a world with 8 billion human beings, someMay say that only the elite 1% matter, All the rest, they say, are just crumbsThat make up society.Those people are out of season… Everyone has a reason. Really minute or significantly colossal, it canBe just making someone smile, orEnhancing someone’s attitude, allowing them to take the extra mile, to […]
Two crooked teeth crossing over making pinkie promisesThat’s what we areWe sanded down each other’s fangs to hide the evidence of the scarsYour hands in my sick mouthMine in yoursIn sickness and in health we crawl down each other’s throatsMarriage is a sham tied with your sister’s stolen rings and a text posted from our […]
To be in the dark isTo move without orderAnd perhaps even contentmentIn the knowledge that one can screamAnd not be heardOr seen.Plain to you, plain to meOne cannot complain.One was not there,One was not seen.Next time, next time…Perhaps next timeOne will be seen.Like ash after the fire has burnedLike salt once the water is parchedParticles […]
Limescale curling around a plug hole as a dragon’s tail.I washed underwear, colour of Virginian red clay mines In the same sink That I spat toothpaste in at five years old.Nimbostratic rusted water, hemmed with soap scum, The kind of water you could drown in – as your mother is settled by the stove searing […]
Content warning: domestic abuse, alcoholism Monday he loves me.Tuesday he hates me.Wednesday he hits me.Thursday he avoids me.Friday he disappears.Saturday he stumbles back.Sunday he’s sorry.Every day he drinks.