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A Floral Mutiny by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] Am I clinging to a Cape Flats’ flower,stuck to the top of a bright green thorn tree?Have I handed over so much of my personal agency,that every second day is a claw-through? Have I bastardised the salt of...

Tsunami by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] the Siamese triplet of hemlock and hope sheathed in pious discourse with obstinate fingers furled around blind spots I’m the hiker whose paralysed heels can’t not I’m watched over by a Sherpa whose skin is so thick he...

Be by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] sometimes I feel I’ve faith other times I just can’t bother sometimes I wonder if I’m brainwashed next, I wonder by just how much? I’ve been told before that I’m special chosen, if you please and now I...

Lily by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] You still want some of this? I have burnt and gravelly I subsist like a lone grave lily The aching chants simmer under us in jagged notes of E minor And while you appraise this as your happy...

A Sobered Ride by Bernadette Richards

[tabby title="Poem"] That you speak from the intestines anchoring your tongue vexes me dangerous degrees from boiling point bold, throaty and tough adjectives you spit out in Rumpelstiltskin-like repulsion I was never made for the parade you speak of The...