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Tipsy Toes by Manola Gayatri

Manola Gayatri | December 2nd, 2017 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

We won’t tip-toe
outside
grim-messaged wards.

Nurses n’ televisions
cackle
lone
coloured
frowns.

“Diabetic amputations are common,” nods Dr Naidoo.

You are wheeled back
into lip-gloss camaraderie
Almost too sweet.

As rhinestone clutches
quickly swallow:
Cutex
Candy
Toe rings
Anklets.

Fearing phantom desires
out-caste slippers
shuffling inauspiciously at your door.

Wardens baton time
giggling champagne lips
Wave smiles to your 7th-floor window

We trip hard on mangled Gulmohar roots
A wry-smiled reminder
to watch our step.

Poet Bio

Manola Gayatri is the co-founder of Scribe Rites and post-doc fellow at Drama Dept, University of Pretoria. She is a horrendously cheating occasional vegetarian, who will steal all your gravy and complain endlessly about salads.

 

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