A black and white Kodak polaroid memory box.
Long nails burying dog bones instead of a hatchet.
The duvet, the bed unmade.
Floorboards creaking a tune to the footsteps of spooks.
Hid in insulated attic rooftile, rats and pigeons and bats
In a nest.
A butterknife sawing a crocodile.
Underneath water bubbles, carbon dioxide
Spat back into the air.
Underneath soil, wormed, mangled roots.
A fresh layer of paint over veined, bandaged
Underneath the sun, Icarus.
Underneath indifference, mummified hate.
Underneath love. Pain.
Underneath grass, a coffin sinks.
A brush wool sock over a bare ankle, a
Mohair vest strapped below a negligee,
Underneath medicine, dumb Antarctic chill.
I am a poet and a novelist. I have a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. I am currently looking for a publisher for my debut novel. I am also working on completing my first poetry anthology, expected to be finished at the end of this year. My main account is on Instagram – @ferial.poetry – I also keep a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Tiktok. I am an attorney, freelance editor, and a lecturer. I grew up, and still live, in Cape Town, South Africa, because I love the sea. Some of my poetic influences are Sylvia Plath, Agha Shahid Ali, and Gwendolyn Brooks. But I do try to read as widely as I can and I’m inspired by many poets, and always looking to learn more.