Vertigo by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] Fever burns within a young heartThe melancholy of standing lowThe treachery of forgoing hanging upside down on a jungle gymSometimes vertigo is the only way to go Another crease upon a brow unmoved by your tomorrowsThe maître d...

Ladybug by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] Straddling different worlds,she feels the mysterious tug of urgencies too acute to dispense withOver years she’ll repress and camouflage to keep things as they seemAve Maria,her fingerprints float in jeopardy within a choppy slipstream The needs of the...

The Tiger-Bee by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] With his love of mythical spellsAnd a proclivity towards clapperless bellsThe quirky little cub drives his mother slightly battyOn insisting that his destinyis to become a dancing Tiger-Bee Even when his friends state there is no such creatureHe...

Sky Flowers by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] It’s the rays of light from her sweet-sixteen eyesIt’s the curl of his grin and his little legs that spinIt’s the smacking of lips at the aroma of a braaiAnd the ribbing of our vegans,who take the jibes...

Come on inside by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] Mourning a friendshipI thought would beThere were ticks in all the tick boxesExcept the one which wasn’t mine to fill in We’re talking about Samantha’s cousin Ernienot you, BernieI’m almost sorry I don’t like mangoesDamn my shins for...