KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH

In the tropical rain forests of NicaraguaThere’s the cutest little animalAlways smiling, forever loungingHe keeps his movements to a minimal His favourite food is the avocadoHe can easily digest the whole seedCrushing it, mushing it and then dispersing itThrough his once a week poop routine Despite the fact that he’s quite blindAnd lives his lifeContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | SLOW MO, THE SLOTH”

KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR

In the great Himalayan and Karakoram rangesThere lives an intrepid herbivoreShe scales the sheer wooded cliffsThe beautiful, agile MarkhorHer name is a hybrid of two wordsMar: the snake, and Khor: the eaterDespite the fierce legend she wieldsShe’s quite the gentle barnyard bleaterShe’s one of a group of nine ladiesThree aunts and five frisky cousinsThey liveContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR”

KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD

A soulful fluting sound is heardFrom the rainforests of QueenslandAlso the whirr of an electric sawAnd the toots and da-dums of a brass bandThey’re not the sounds of a jungle party Nor a trumpeter tuning his instrument It’s just the superb lyre birdShowing off his vast vocal talents.He can be found in the theatres heContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE TALENTED LYRE BIRD”

KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI

Kaboom! Boom! Biff! Biff! Thud!That’s the sound one hears from this stomatopodAs she pummels her prey like a wrecking ballBreaking them up shells, pincers and allShe’s a warrior of an ancient lineFierce and savage is this lassShe can punch the living daylights outOf anyone who dares to show her sassShe has independently roaming eyesNothing escapesContinue reading “KIDSBOOKS | THE BOXING MANTIS ALI”

VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE

It’s feeling like the world has overcome You body and soul and then some It’s like drowning in a bottomless sea Gasping, gasping, trying to breathe Sputtering, choking reaching for airCrashing, thrashing limbs everywhere;It’s feeling the whole world closing inVision blurring, darkness descending. It’s being sure that many endings are near:Of wanting, of living andContinue reading “VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE”

VERSE | ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL – Part Two

A tribute to all the young women who are constantly attempting to be bigger than the patriarchal shadows cast upon them. (This is in specific response to the most recent mauling by hundreds of men, of a girl who was making a video on Independence Day at Minar-e-Pakistan – a monument ironically, symbolising freedom andContinue reading “VERSE | ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL – Part Two”

SCARY TALES | The Happy Ever (Cr)afters

A satirical take on some of the fairy tales we’ve grown up with. Can you guess each of the four Scary Tales? 🤓 You know I kind of hate you With your magic and your spells Always trying to help folks Always being so swellMy father’s on his own trip Marrying yet again I wantedContinue reading “SCARY TALES | The Happy Ever (Cr)afters”

VERSE | OUR WORLD IS GOING TO POT

Our blue green world is going to POTNot the stuporous, cheering kindThe elating, fascinating kindThe happily beclouding kindThe angst all a-blurring sortNo, all that it certainly is notBut our world is going to POTNot the souffle baking sortNot the healthy steaming kindNot the chicken tikka fryNor the chuck roast braising sortNo, none of that comfortingContinue reading “VERSE | OUR WORLD IS GOING TO POT”

VERSE | GREATER PURPOSES

It was the weekend finallyWe were going out on the townWe each had our agendas you seeBoth, earnest and profoundMy friend, she got dressed to killThere was no other wayI put on my tinted chapstick Fixed my hair around my faceShe was going to Dolmen mallTo see and to be seenPopping mouth, bouffant teased outSkinContinue reading “VERSE | GREATER PURPOSES”

VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?

Rap this if you’re feeling especially bold and rhythmical today 👩‍🎤🎶🎤 ‘Did you hear the news today?’A friend asked avidly Like a magician about to pullA rabbit from his brollyScratch that, it’s actually a hat Poetic license at play But let me get back to the topic at hand: What he was about to sayContinue reading “VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?”

VERSE | THE QUINTESSENTIAL INTROVERT

I am the quintessential introvertThere was a time I had my social spurts But all that seems like a lifetime agoThe Corona has given our spacetime a blow. I absolutely love my solitude When I say ‘Leave me be’ I’m not being rudeIt’s just the way I’m internally wired Too much nodding and smiling justContinue reading “VERSE | THE QUINTESSENTIAL INTROVERT”

VERSE | THE PERFECT LATTE

She bubbles and she frothsShe spills over on the table clothShe frolics and she playsMy steaming mug of latte Voluminous creamy lace Hiding her caffeinated faceHer heart swells in youthful gleeOn the table in front of me.I read; wait a while; turn a pageIn latte time, it’s already middle ageThe lace is tattered, burnt skinContinue reading “VERSE | THE PERFECT LATTE”