This poem is taken from Stand 236, 20(4) January - March 2023.

Vuyelwa Carlin Three Poems From A Ugandun Childhood
Skirt with Horses
   (Uganda, c.. 1959)

Iā€™m nine or ten ā€“ hollow-eyed and pale
ā€“ those long, wasted arms ā€“ we kneel, little sister and I,
smiling widely: big white teeth,
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