A terrain I recall

I can’t help but study her
deep fissures in the crags
of her heels, rough terrain.

Have you ever come across
someone whose shape echoes
some forgotten landscape?

The weave of her sandals
cuts across those cliffs
like a badly made fence
cuts across, strange
dusty feet
so hard
for one
so soft
in nature.

Anna Forsyth


Anna Forsyth is a poet and editor from New Zealand currently living in Newcastle, NSW. She is the founder of Girls on Key, a feminist poetry organisation and her work has appeared in numerous journals online and in print. Her latest collection of poetry is entitled Beatific Toast (Girls on Key Press 2018).

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