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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...

C18H10N204 by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] C18H10N2O4 -The serial number of all the storage facilitiesThat look like meIn varying shadesOf historical resilience Let me tell you about this vaultFor which you contribute monthlyIn condescension A twenty-first century convenienceBorn from a prejudice of antiquityA safety...

Orion’s Belt by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] I am nobilityThe Griot of the Mansa of an empireTell your minstrels in their burnt cork garbThat conscience speaks a nightly vigil Tell them the colour of coalHas never been my skinBut the bluff of the blindThe soak...

Diary of a Polemicist- A Pantoum by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] I: Logos Descend with me into the basement of historyUncover; Discover; RecoverRhetoric is a stallion wild and freePlaiting its tales into false narratives of leaders II: Ethos Uncover; Discover; RecoverIntegrity does not distortPlaiting its tales into false narratives...

Ink for an Easel by Aaishah Mayet

[tabby title="Poem"] A fountain pen sashays in convivial scrawlSmudges as Ideals of origami birds soarOn mists of celestial hopeDefying a terrestrial realitySemi-colon;The scratch of the nib bends in bestial acknowledgementOf a bus, proverbialOf sentiments, controversialExclamation mark!And the lack of a...