“Thankyou Lord, for this little one you have blessed me with
So late in life.
I thought I had finished with four-hourly feeds,
Immunisation, teething problems …
All those ‘fringe-benefits’ that come with babies.
But here I am,
Up to my eyes in them.
After eight years, we’re starting all over again …
I feel young again, Lord.
What nicer thing could happen to a woman almost forty?
Knowing this is my last child makes me exquisitely aware of every moment.
Thankyou once more for letting me be a mother.
I would not have missed it for the world.”
– Charmaine Solomon
“Putting all the odd bits and bobs of me out on a shelf, an eye, an ear, a favored toe.”
Indeed, Leper’s love is rare
I love like a leper.
Putting all the odd bits and bobs of me
out on a shelf,
an eye, an ear, a favored toe.
Hobbling about on twinned islands, made for lamed people like us.
Painting other’s faces with mercury,
gazing with one longing good eye across the strait,
from our baths of virgins blood.
Begging bees to sting us, bring our nerves back to life.
You were never safe,
and now you’re dangerous.
It just hurts more to be disappointed, than to be physically hurt
This time I know, it would never be the same,
So many things have changed.
This time I know, we would never be the same.
When I’m giving up everything for you.
I still have many doubts. There are a lot of things on my mind.
Something’s telling me to leave but I won’t.
I’ve been waiting for so long but you’ll never know.
Tell me what am I supposed to do?
since you’re only happy when I’m wasted.
One of mine goes;
O little, little, tiny ant;
Do you wonder who I am,
Standing big moving plant,
Always about to do you harm.
Made me smile breathlessly
Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair
She sits with a tilted hip
In the posture of romance
Practiced down to fingertips
Through literature and dance
She thumbs pages in her head
Adopting Sleeping Beauty
Or lips imagined to be red
In a Snow White fantasy
And by turns she will believe
Her hair brushes the floor
Rapunzel in her tower keep
Awaiting him once more
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