Guest feature: Lexeme to Liberty ~ by Rosalind Weaver

The distant glow of landing lights

has always meant safety

for sneaky bedtime reading

and from terrifying bedtime monsters

turning playful dreams into crime scenes

before I had learnt enough words.

A book in my hand

titles ‘Do Not Disturb’:

I am too busy

escaping my reality

with my runaway imagination

to shape a sentence with sonancy,

learning new words

to replace those that brand me

in my attempt to make something fiction.

For every time

my words have been stripped from me

and I have forgotten

the way my tongue and teeth and lips

make a sound,

I will write them back

then I will speak them back

then watch me take them back

and knock. you. down.


Rosalind Weaver is a poet and spoken word performer from the North of England having been published in ‘A Catalogue of Failure’ and Nothing Books anthology ‘Further Within Darkness and Light’ amongst others.  You can read more from her here.

6 thoughts on “Guest feature: Lexeme to Liberty ~ by Rosalind Weaver

  1. “the way my tongue and teeth and lips

    make a sound,

    I will write them back

    then I will speak them back

    then watch me take them back

    and knock. you. down.”

    I love this. Especially the periods in the last line. It expresses such emotion, such indignation.

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