He pulls up the
carpets/ their blanket
of safe content is easily
ripped/ Upholstery ensconcing
clay/ We watch rapt/ at the floorboards
revealed like a coarse and lost kingdom below/
The hidden ugly parts/ of gripper rods and bent nails/
renders our footing vulnerable/ We lived above the carpet/
all the while naïve/ to a splintered or rotten plank/ The rough wood
exposed to us a new certainty: the wind blows these sticks away from under us.
Sarra Culleno is a British BAME poet, mother and English teacher who performs her writing at events across the UK. She writes about children’s rights, motherhood, identity, gender, age, technology, the environment, politics, modern monogamy and education. Sarra is widely published. She has written fiction and poetry for publication, performance, print, audiodramas, podcasts and radio. Sarra was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize, for Nightingale and Sparrow’s Full Collections 2020, and nominated for Best of the Net 2020 by iambapoet. Sarra co-hosts Write Out Loud at Waterside Arts, and performs as guest and featured poet at numerous literary festivals.