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Hare Kali by Paula Puolakka

[tabby title="Poem"] When I was a child, I drank the blood from my friend’s woundthe same way Dolly Dagger drank the blood from the jagged edge. A blood offeringis the highest form of dedicationand the one who accepts it can...

Matriarch Heart by Makhanda Senzangakhona

[tabby title="Poem"] Matriarch Heart A mother to manyA heart close to noneA fortress for fugitivesThrust between exiles' flightand pangs of dawn's advanceYou endured undeterred-The unsung asylumShielding the broodFrom ever hovering hawksDrooling at scent of prey.Our abiding sentinelOf the lingering smileStill...

Saturday by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Would you follow where I led?Would you follow where I led?Listen to the stories I plant in your head?Would your friends gossip?"Did you hear what they said?"My sweet lover, does it worry you?such scandals that befall us:The Sins...

LOCKS AND CHAIN by Ehinomen Marie

[tabby title="Poem"] Locks and ChainsRumbling up harmonyKeys UnlockedGrumbling out in agonyChains tied-upJumbling twisted destiny Clangs and BangsDragging through dirtShackled progressionDangling through hurtBounded inhibitionsJangling anew melody [tabby title="Poet Bio"] Ehinomen Marie is a writer and an Intellectual Property Lawyer. She's been...

To those who keep us alive by Hazel Tobo

[tabby title="Poem"] I am sorry for all the times I have come to you in shardsRolling away intact,  heavy of suppressionFull to my chest of forgetfulnessReturning choking from all the thank you's I have swallowedKnowing they were rightfully yoursMade to...