Saturday, 8 August 2015

To the person who hates me

I wish you could see
The clothes I wear
The language I speak
The colour of my skin
And what you think you know
About the place I come from

I wish you would stop
Listening to the lies
Your newspapers tell you
About the reasons why I stand here
Outside your country’s borders
Asking for help

I wish you could look at me
Really look at me
Without prejudice
And see me
For what I truly am

A fellow human being in need

And then I wish
You would find in your heart
Some compassion

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


Like a shower of calm
It soothes the fires burning in my mind
The noise of the world
Drowned by the whispers of drops
As they caress the skin of thirsty earth
It makes me seek shelter and
Retreat a bit more inside
Comfortable and cosy
The atmosphere wraps around me
Like a soft blanket

Saturday, 30 March 2013


I dreamed I was shot at
But didn’t die
The next night
There was a corpse
It wasn’t  mine
Something died that night though
Someone even
A part of me
And while that dead body
Was lying in the morgue
I was thinking of procreation
Even celebration
Of creating new life
Now I’m pregnant
With a new me
And can’t wait to see
What kind of person
I will turn out to be

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Risk (for Sunday Scribblings)

Take me
Come on
Don’t be afraid

Or one day
You’ll regret
When it’s all too late

Don’t take half-measures
But throw yourself all in

With a leap of faith
Great adventures begin

Monday, 8 October 2012


I’m not gracefully blossoming

Not softly mellowing

Nor transforming
Or improving

I’m breaking open
With loud cracking noises
Spilling blood and tears

Stripping away
Layers upon layers
Of masks and veneers

Through the dust and rubble
I recognise your face

We finally meet
In this imperfectly beautiful place

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Shadow Play

Dancing they are
Those shadows in the night
Showing their faces briefly
Before disappearing into the light
Mustn’t reject them
Or they won’t come to play
Nor surrender to them
Or you’ll become their prey
So I join their dance instead
Try to lead
Not to be lead