Precepts of Middle-class Living by Brandon Janse Van Vuuren

[tabby title="Poem"] We in the middlePraying each nightThanking the heavensFor our bread in sight Too rich to be poorToo poor to be richRunning in our hamster wheelsHeld together by a quick stitch We steal glances at the JonesesDreaming of a...

Pascal’s Wager (or, the Dawn of Disclosure) by A.D. Labuschagne

[tabby title="Poem"] Where will I standat the Dawn of Disclosure?Where will I standOn that day when the curtainis pulled back? Will I find myself on the rightor in the wrong? If the breath in my lungshas been breathed by Godand...

Dying Dreams by Lerato Thai Tsotetsi

[tabby title="Poem"] You took an oathTo never let me be something of the shadowsConsumed by cobwebs and befriended by dustSomething not good enough, left to rustCorroded by the rainThat you’d always let me paint my painNo matter how pale or...

A Firefly In Wing Therapy by Nkateko Masinga

[tabby title="Poem"] I am a convert to the religion of the tortured torso.My cell is your chest; its heave, hues & heavinessthe triplet heavens I beckon for eternal residence.My hymn book: your voice on dusky autumn days. I reel you...

When Thought Was Original And Undoomed by Brandon Janse Van Vuuren

[tabby title="Poem"] Your birth set birds a chatYour first buzz left all in aweNot knowing soon you’ll steal our hatsone quick prompt our houses become straw Some signalled our future’s lossThe rest slept to ill-crafted lullabiesBereft in your marvelling glossOur...