I long to be outside

Happy World Poetry Day. This day, 21 March, also coincides with Human Rights Day in South Africa. And so I wrote this poem in honour of both World Poetry Day and the human rights of women; for in a world of "Safety Tips for Women" our fight for safer public spaces continues.


and after he opened his hairy chest and I said noand we went our separate waysand a woman at the bus stop smiled and her child offered me her sweets melting in her handsand it started to get darkand the bus is running late, said the woman, whose husband had left herand she told me …

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