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A writer & her adolescent muse

Throughout the month of April, I am taking part of the annual Ekphrastic Challenge over on The Wombwell Rainbow – hosted by Paul Brooks.

This Challenge is a collaboration between three artists and nearly a dozen writers including myself.


April 3rd

Artist Anjum Wasim Dar


Near my childhood home


Kept the bulls and cows at bay

Wires of steel and alloy

Spread as far as my eyes could see

In two rows

One, barbed

The other, electrified

My hand reached for the barbed line

Cool to the touch

Naively thinking them to be harmless

Until my second touched the other

Electricity coursed through my body

The humming was all I could hear

To my horror,

I could not remove my hands

For they were grounded


To the wires

Dad heard my screams

Came to the rescue

Even he could barely pry

My hands off those…

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