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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!...

Once Upon a Time by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] Once Upon a TimeIs not synonymousWith Happily Ever After Even as the praise singerReaches her crescendoWith the embers of the bonfire ring Once Upon a TimeIs a sari on a loomA bawling seasick child on a shipA door-to-door...

She – (A Butterfly Cinquain) by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] She isHope galvanisedSkepticism pulverizedDeep, dense, resolute defianceUnbarredA soft patriarchal collapseDank, dark cocoons give wayButterflies soarShe is [tabby title="Poet Bio"] Aaishah Mayet was born and bred in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently works in the...