B. Anne Adriaens -Poetry

OFFERINGS FROM AN IMPROVISED SHAMAN

After Hinterland, an exhibition of Gladys Paulus’s work

1.

To the left, the tongue of my childhood
sewn white on white and painted
gold inside an immaculate gown
turned exotic as it crossed an ocean
to clothe the memory of a grandmother,
an oma whose favours were forcibly taken from her,
a lady now resurrected by a charm of wool and veils.

But the words… those sentences lifted
from the pages that brought her comfort
and nurtured my learned, now irrelevant...

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