There’s a piece that defies this collection:
grotesque as an accessory,
ill-fitting in form,
suffocating. . .
How does one coordinate Vulnerability in an ensemble,
when it stumbles on a catwalk
lacking all finesse?
Dramatically sullen colour palettes?
To soften where it jars.
Such armour is so chic,
a la mode,
Such armour brandishes
the shrill hollow smiles and laughs
of a gaunt happiness,
an off-the-rack success
of marketable glory.
As the chagrin of Avant Garde expands:
a surreptitious desire deepens,
just to be real.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaishah Mayet was born and bred in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently works in the healthcare sector which for her has bridged the frontiers of our shared human experience. As a self-confessed bibliophile of many years, literature remains, at once, her teacher and her sanctuary. Her works include “Haiku” published in the Lotosblute, as well as poetry published in Agbowo‘s “Limits” issue, Poetry Potion, Active Muse, and Amaliah.