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  Dec 2019 Anais
Shannon Ní Bhriain
She takes the stand
With the voice of millions on her back
And speaks the fact that we all know,
far too well to be true -                  
                                           Me too.

She is heard but not believed,
She is heard with faith deceived .

When will it be enough -
Is one in six not enough ?
Is one sister, one friend
still - not enough?

one colleague, one mother, one wife, one lover -
one teacher, one doctor, one preacher, one author -
one husband, one son, one brother.
Which one will it take, to stop
the non-consensual clock
and make us realise that -

Time. Is. Up.
Anais Dec 2019
I'm tired, constantly,
physically, mentally,
in all regards, a blob
of exhaustion repeating
day after day the same
words, moving the
same way, lacking
the common thrill of living,
'I'm tired' we say, and fail
to notice the vast sea left
undiscovered.
Anais Dec 2019
Clashing waterfalls in the distance,
melting into glistening streams,
flowing into the vast seas of Poseidon,
falling down mysteries of the devil's triangle,
ignited by the scorching fires of Hades,
devoured ravounsly by three-headed dogs,
trapped in cycles of acidic torture,
escaping into the poisoned Styx,
Guiding screams into judgement day,
sailing past bolted, immortal doors,

Cleansing hatred from punished souls,
bidding farewell to the burning, grinning god,
finding solace in serene Oceania, scouring
the northern winds as liquid vapour,
pouring down into divine grass,
beginning again in the ashes
of Hyacinth.
Anais Nov 2019
Sat on a red, old couch,
us two, drinking from
steaming hot chocolates,
one leg over another,
mocking characters from
films, attempting to look
another way, stealing
glimpses at ready lips,
Pretending hearts aren't
jumping out of chests,
pretending cheeks haven't
grown aflame, snuggling
closer, breathing them in,
exhaling nervously,
Desiring skin to meet,
Leaning closer
Closing the distance
Anais Nov 2019
Is it desperate to
hope someone
is looking at
you?
Anais Nov 2019
To flick your hand
and receive it all,
A dream of many,
Often embraced with
greed, often resulting
in karma.
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