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Clearing by Charl Landsberg

Charl Landsberg | February 7th, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

You know the words, friend:
to bend the world,
set things on end.
You know the spell.
I saw you gathering wood,
by the place with the empty well,
in the clearing where we once stood.
You’re familiar with the ritual:
me wondering if you would,
you wondering if you could.
You’ve swept the circle,
lit the flame,
carved the words into your skin.
With us, it’s always the same,
never unburdened by our sin.
Invoke your gods,
sing the song,
heal this wound,
right this wrong.
Your heart is broken,
your flesh is aching,
but the cage you’re in
is of your own making.

Poet Bio

Charl Landsberg is a South African poet, musician, writer, and queer rights activist who’s work focusses on LGBTQIA rights, feminism, anti-racism, and other issues involving social justice. Their work often makes use of fantasy and science fiction genres.

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