“Hard/Soft Drive” by Pam Newham

Some days are sharp-edged.
They provoke you
like a label in your collar,
a stone in your shoe.
Flinty days intent on

Other days fall softly.
They fold into you
like a quilt, faded
after years of use.
Muted days suited for

Pamela Newham has worked as an English teacher, journalist and features editor. She has had three young adult novels published and lectures on writing for children and journalism. Her poems have appeared in CarapaceThe Ground’s EarDifficult to ExplainHeart of AfricaScrutiny2, Stanzas and Sol Plaatje Anthology. She lives in Hout Bay.


  1. Pam Newham

    Thank you for publishing my poem. It looks good. And thanks also for correcting my name.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *