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How to Play with Fire by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] Reckless abandon scorchesIn the smokeless surrender of regretBlistersIn the cauldron of wisdomAs fires roar and crackleIn jest:Play with me And the years pile on digitsTongsPokersAnd oven glovesRoad maps navigating hot coalsAnd hard woodsTo fan the furnaceOf flaming enjoymentIn...

Doppelganger by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] Dear COVID-19 Deathly threat, deft devouring spreaDOminously swinging your swift lassOPeople fall-unsuspecting- into your laPProne for the picking, lacking a roadmaPEvil! Silent! Stealthy! Spherical and vilELacking moral compass, out on the prowLGang headquarters in a suffocating lunGAvaricious, you...

Sonnet for the Falling by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] Wings: feathery, smooth, come in many formsLarge and elegant, or a small flurryIf captured, clipped: a shrinking pain of normsIf spread in glory: a growing pain- hurry! Shout it to the eagles, sing it to crowsShe will not...

The Wrinkles in the Cabinet by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] The sun has settled its scoreCracks become crevicesAs gravity gigglesAnd grey struggles for relevance Wrinkles walk a time warpOf the ways of large carbon footprintsWicked warsEntrenched biasesOld "solutions" scorching progressWith cigar smokeSuitsAnd mothballs The world needs a walking...

The Ventriloquists Dummy by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] LostIn the politics of dominanceIn the charms of power SerenadedMomentarily-Shocked are we?A wry smile: there are always strings attached Awaken!Shadows cross facesQuiet!Lips clasped threateningly IdentityBriskly blurredOnce surrendered-A torment to regain Think!Start chest compressionsBreatheReturn of spontaneous circulationEmerge-Jiminy Cricket!Be free!...