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  • Two poems by Stephen Symons

    An act of forgetfulness

    Last night I left the TV on
    and on reaching morning
    it was playing music videos
    that broke like small waves
    over the green gossip
    of sunbirds and white eyes

    dream songs
    still foamed by sleep

    half-remembered tides

    from a long-remembered love
    that required an act of forgetfulness
    to be heard once more.


    Another mad July gale—

    A dark spinnaker
    that unfurls sleep
    and shakes souls
    from the rigging of dreams

    I surface
    to catch a lone streetlight
    tapping a final
    love poem in Morse

    While above
    a slow moon
    as it pisses light
    between rent clouds
    and against newborn

    what of
    the birds
    the squirrels
    my eagle owls
    the gardener's
    and even us
    curled against
    this lashing of
    black sail against
    brick and bark?

    Stephen Symons lives in Cape Town, where he works as a graphic designer. His writing has been published in journals, magazines and various anthologies throughout South Africa. His unpublished collection, Spioenkop was listed as a semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize for Poetry (US) in 2015. More recently, a selection of his poems have been selected for a special edition of Re-Markings, a refereed international bi-annual journal of English. He holds a masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is currently working on a PhD in African Studies. His poetry collection, Questions for the Sea (published by uHlanga Poetry Press), was launched in June 2016.