We wanted to make sure the writers amongst our community are fully inspired this warm and muggy season for some writing, perhaps in preparation for our annual poetry contest that’s now open, so we invited poet and artist Manahil Bandukwala to share some of her favourite poetry with us.
The time is now
crisis: a time of great difficulty trouble or danger a time
when a difficult or important decision must be made
the turning point of a disease when an important
change takes place indicating either recovery or death
He's a mean one, Mr. Troll
I wonder what soured his soul
enough to tell me
I was not attractive enough to worry
about being raped?
A mother's hands stack clean needles, latex gloves.
For our children, she says, for the lost ones.
For the ones we've saved many times before,
For the ones we hope to save just one time more.
Why, neighbours ask while politicians gloat.
Why chain the monster only to offer our throats?
Why save a life to simply hand them the knife?
Do you see, can't you see, why can't you see?!
“And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
this is my third war*
if you can’t see me does it mean I don’t exist yes if you see me but you don’t see what makes me me does it mean you don’t see me yes if you cannot see that the thing that makes me me hurts burns ashes all over if you cannot see me shall I bother to stay alive no
a targeted destination
a point of no return
a place for rehabilitation
that we may never earn
dispirit by dispossession
devour our way of living
as we map through marginalization
I wring the sweat and earth from my dewy fingers and flick open my app.
A dick pic.
It is a birdsong in the boughs. I gasp. Smile. Spotted. At last.
I was helping Father____
glue stickers to the school window.
First came the angel
over the stable
watching over everyone
Use lots of glue he said
This morning I stopped to see clouds breaking over the mountains,
the same as in a dream, but clearer, pellucid, light
and shadowy at once, light gray, a sweet white.
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