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An Orange Scarf


Photo by John Scully

Photo by John Scully

She asks me which is better:

The red or the orange scarf

An endearing smile of

grace and beauty

curved over sixty years

She doesn’t need a scarf

and my stranger opinion doesn’t matter

Her bony hands have delivered large loads

Good friends came and went

She knows feuds have no gain

and that the sun sets

on all things laughed and cried over

So she honours her heartbeat

with an orange scarf

And gives me a broad second smile

 

by,

BT

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Magic in a Girl


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“I know who I am”, “who God says I am”

 

 

Elegant defined fingers know,
what hands were taught before birth
that ten year old feet thump
to a rhythm on the bass drum
and in sync with cymbals,
who God says she is.
She shows us who she is

by BT

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A chardonnay of smooth words


A world in a word (Photo by Storymoja)

Picking out sessions like diamonds
The ticket arrives days in advance
wrapped in fresh white
This is too good to enjoy alone
Mail to family and posts to facebook
A regular taxi is on call
I make favourite egg, avocado,
tomato and lettuce sandwiches
Lemn Sissay boards to Nairobi
My heart has a date with a poet

Billy Kahora says kwani? honed the craft
Lauri Kubuitsile’s books are in Botswana classes
I feel a pure joy
Jung Chang honors Wangare Maathai
with centuries of China
Dinaw Mengestu moves fast
Lemn is a mad man who won’t stop talking
I have finally come home
Lola Shoneyin is hot and gripping
Capturing us without apology
Sitawa Namwalie still does not care and
Imtiaz Dharker at 4ft stretches to the sky
I smile from underneath my skin

Eating, drinking and bathing
at the same time
It’s a feast of all flavours
Skipping, rolling and swimming
in warm pure chocolate
A chardonnay of smooth words
slides down my grateful throat
Lines roll on the tongue
like vanilla icecream with brazil nuts
My spirit closes her eyes and raises her hands
Artists worship on holy ground
I will never forget it

BT

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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