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Darvo by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] You started the wars.You whipped the horses.You tore up the land and salted the fields.You called us whores,and evil forces,turning soldiers against us with swords and shields.You chose this way.You built the street.You dug our graves and sewed...

Long-Distance Phone Call by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Hi, just calling. Just leaving a voicenote.Just sending an email. Just reaching out to......say I'm sorry, and you won't see me again.Ritual and smoke are all fair and well, but not for me,this isn't my altar anymore, this...

To those who shamed me…by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem] Every time you shame my body,I want to gain a pound.I want my stomach and breasts,to get so big and round,that they burst forth from this place,and hunt you down -finding you huddled in your hateful hole,and smother...

Good by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] CW: mention of rape I’ve long ago stopped thinking of myself as a good.Having played lapdog to important men, acting as I should,‘Good’ was poisoned by good people who told me I was bad.What hellish flames burned for...

My Grandmother’s Hands Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] I miss you, Ouma.You carried too much and it broke you.You knew too much and you stayed silent.You weren't perfect,you made me angry. You made me sad.But in hindsight, I see now what you saw.I wish I could...