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The Birds in My Heart by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] The birdsIn my heartAre numerousAs the stars Numerous areMy scarsI hide them wellBut I don’t mindYour eyesYour gazePenetratingBeyond theVeil Kismet, cosmicAll is wellIn meLifeIs not that badEventually things get better Unlike BukowskiMy birds are not blueThey vary in...

Old Water and Tomorrow’s Rains by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] If only I had a sweeter story to tellLike, how my grandparents metA stolen kissAn old friendshipA golden ring Instead, I speak of sadder thingsLike a drunken soldier’s gunPressed firmly to the temple of his headOr a belt,...

Music as Memory by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] I listen to the songs I wroteLyrics meant to stir the soulAnd it definitely did just thatAwakened things I hadn’t feltAnd made it cold as facts I listen to the songs I wrote you But cassette tapes unravelAnd...

Rescue Me by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] I look at the chaos I createdHow did I end up here?Order will never be restored againI’ve built it over weeks, and months and years The emptiness consumes meThe hunger will not fadeAnd I find myself hereNaked as...

Pomegranate by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] You unfold before meLike a pomegranateSoft, and abundant in soft fleshYour skin smooth as waxAnd melting at my touchYour lips dripping with honey You are my oasis In you I find peaceAnd new strengthYou are a river of...