MAYHEM - Issue Four

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Fiona Wells-Lakeland

Seventeen

I am naked legs on the playground
24 white pills washed down inside the school bus
a distant whisper over black Bakelite phone
crow’s caw on the west wind
a burst boiler in the grey-green waves
four suitcases and an oil-painted horse

burnt weeds behind a state-house
steel wool against peach skin
shredded diesel smoke in the forest

bitter tea undercut with honey
rusted chains in a chicken wire pen
a garage sale patchwork quilt.

Contributor's Note
I am currently a research student at Waikato University, preparing to take a Ph.D in English next year.