Robin Winckel-Mellish

South African-born Robin Winckel-Mellish lives and works in the Netherlands. She has worked as a freelance journalist for many years and runs a poetry critique group in Amsterdam. Recent publications in Versal and Dvoice.

The Leaf Rakers

Out of nowhere they appear,
women the colour of autumn,
scraping the heels of moon hills,
sweeping the bones of borders
as if sleepwalking.
Kraal women raking dust,
loose as water, rippling vessels
of clay and sepia, swathed infants

bundled on their backs.
Slack as cobras, broken shadow
is transmuted on paths
and pools and garden walls –
earth bodies. And I in silk gown
breakfast on mango and papaya
as crackling twig brooms herd
the bonanza spilled around.

Robin Winckel-Mellish

Poem published: Versal 5

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