Saturday, 31 October 2020

A Few Things Worth Considering - Kunle Okesipe

The number of its fragments when a life is broken,
The partition of heart for the system file of wishes,
The decor of the recycle bin for the remains of dreams,

Friday, 30 October 2020

easter sunday, travesties - José F. A. Oliver

[april four-liner]
in the hermitage jacket chocolate
from the Cross drips marzipan
& snowblend.
Outside the window

Thursday, 29 October 2020

The ferryman - Emile Verhaeren

The ferryman, a green reed 'twixt his teeth,
With hand on oar, against the current strong
Had rowed and rowed so long.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Break and Bricks - Huguette Bertrand

Take all the walls down
and let dreams come out
from darkness
letting them expand
in the wilderness
of all memories
behind closed doors

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The Modest Little Wish - Carl Spitteler

In the days when I was little
   had they asked me what I wanted,
What I'd wish for first if wishes
   ever could be really granted,

Monday, 26 October 2020

We Have Everything We Need - Selina Nwulu

We have each become a small world,
spinning from one collision to another.
We scrub cities off our skins
and watch its roads leave tracks in the bath.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Christ The Word! - Bishop Nektarios of Aegina

Christ The Word! Thine Incarnation
Links my nature to Thine own;
By Thy sore Humiliation,
I am lifted to Thy throne;
By Thy suffering Thou hast fired me
With a zeal to sacrifice,
And to noble life inspired me,—
Hence my grateful songs arise.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Ghost - Reza Shirmarz

I don’t like the words
“good bye”
between your lips.

Friday, 23 October 2020

How silent are you? - Tabitha M'bawa

You come to take parents and relatives
Leaving the children
In endless sorrow.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Fitzy and the Revolution - Ishion Hutchinson

The rumour broke first in Duckensfield.
Fitzy dropped the shutters of his rum shop.
By time it got to Dalvey there were three suicides.
The mechanic in Cheswick heard and gave his woman
a fine trashing; but, to her credit, she nearly scratched his heart
out his chest during the howl and leather smithing.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

My World - Anonymous

Say goodbye to our courtyard.
Tomorrow we’re setting out on the road,
leaving our little courtyard to be demolished.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Only the dog walkers will survive - Oral Arukenova

zhanna’s gonna crash
kurban’s gonna snap
anel’s got a bruise
that fits right under her mask

Monday, 19 October 2020

The Fish Market in Athens - Ivan Theofilov

In the cheerful narrow backstreets
with shops of advertisingly confessive mood
along the motley swarming crowds
where oriental customs reign,
here they are – a commercial cathedral

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sonnet X - Carlo Maggi

Soul, by thy deep demerit sore distressed, 
Dear to thy Lord — ah! why by woe subdued? 
He asks thy love: — but thou wouldst love exclude 
For love must fail, if hope forsake the breast! 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Datur Hora Quieti - Sir Walter Scott

The sun upon the lake is low,
The wild birds hush their song,
The hills have evening’s deepest glow,
Yet Leonard tarries long.

Friday, 16 October 2020

To Italy - Luigi Alamanni

Thanks be to God, my feet are now addressed,
Proud Italy, at least to visit thee,
After six weary years, since destiny
Forbids me in thy dear-loved lap to rest.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Letter to my Unborn Child - Batsirai E. Chigama

When I get the courage
When I am ready and brave
To bring you in a world
With too many clenched fists
Too many open palms
Too many potholes
And Z.E.S.Aless nights
Too many frolicking leaders
I want to make sure
You are strong and ready

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

The Sea has its Transformations ... Make Way - Qassim Haddad

Whoever saw a sea so narrow
narrow narrow
like the pupil of an eye
I mean - who
I have seen
and it's narrowing still
hardly space enough for the sputter of a strange gull
small fish can find no space in which to make a turn

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Good Sense - Xasan Sheekh Muumin

The ostrich places
Her young in the open
Where the hawk kills
But the small bird marries
And beds her young
In a nest that's safe

Monday, 12 October 2020

Sunset - Amin Kassam

warm scent
to mark his passage
leaves and flowers

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Shaken but not shattered - Sirbestian Nzula

The devil is a liar
He will attack your soul
Your soul will be on fire
Let Christ take control

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Now Do not Tell Me of Men! - Müesser Yeniay

My soul hurts so much that
I awaken the stones under the earth

Friday, 9 October 2020

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Poison - Kinga Fabó

I don’t know what it is but very ill-
intended. Surely a woman must belong to it.
And something like a laughter.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

To the Lost - Dvora Amir

They came at the close of autumn, Moslem refugees from Bosnia
given shelter in this country, in the house next door, by a Yugoslav woman in Baka.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

A Zipper - Nikolina Andova Šopova

Like when you are zipping
a broken zipper
You slide it, and it persistently opens

Monday, 5 October 2020

Autumn Afternoon - Željana Vukanac

The light of the last sun
elongates the faces of labour in the tin wheels

Sunday, 4 October 2020

King of the hosts - Pope Urban VIII

King of the hosts of heavenly birth, 
Thou Son, Redeemer of the earth, 
And Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, 
Bring to our souls thy solace sweet. 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Who Deserves Respect? - Jean-Baptiste Nau

He whose hands are ever engaged,
And who seeks what's true and right,
Who lives from his own work's wage,
Not from other people's plight.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Laughing Drums - David Amadu

History’s white hand wrote my country’s course
In a language that will come back and hunt her
In the twenty first century;

Thursday, 1 October 2020