Amara George Parker is a London-based writer, editor and hedgewitch. Their fiction appears or is forthcoming in Mslexia, Elevator Stories, Mooky Chick and Clover & White. Their poetry has been published in literary magazines including Sufi Journal, Aeva, Daily Drunk, Sage Cigarettes, Prismatica and Earth Pathways, and they are a regular content contributor to A Writer in Morocco, where they write about the creative process. Their essay on disability representation in fiction, 'Wheelchairs and Wyverns' is due to be published by Human/Kind Press in their upcoming anthology. In 2020 they started a mindful writing workshop, A Wave in the Heart: Poetic Connection with Vishwam Heckert, which enables people to explore their inner Self through creativity. To purchase their short fiction, read more of their poetry, and for editorial services, tarot reading, smudge sticks, and more visit their website and shop:
I saw the steep mountain pass in the distance
and knew that summit
required me to discard unwanted things.
I would need more gravity
I left things that shone draped like wintry ornaments
on fingers of gorse and soul-fire heather
In return, I gathered courage amongst those sharp tongues and dirt-clad sinews
on the ground, I laid swathing fabrics and skinned myself to vulnerability.
When the dust cleared, my heart filled the dusk ahead with light
I spat embittered expectations and allowed tears of all that might have been to fall into twilight,
it licked at the wounds and spun me a peace-lined cloak to drench my fevered need and, sated, I left that behind too.
next I shook out my bones,
left them to splinter on the ground under following soles
those that built me were left as an offering by the roadside
when I reached the peak I saw all I’d released, strewn and consumed
by the elements
and all that remained of me yawned and swelled and hung itself out over the cosmos,
creating the universe
atom by atom.
Intuit © Amara George Parker
the wind will whisper secrets
through rushing boughs,
roots will imbue murmured wisdom
humming soft thrums
through the soles of your feet.
if you wait, abide,
the earth will tremble sweet refrains
through veins of leaf,
and the husky truths of bark
will croon sweet against your spine.
this land has hidden
journeys to carve
into your skin
Inspiration © Amara George Parker
gold slips from the harvest sky
wends its way ‘round leaf and bough
skips with brushing lips across the waves
and burrows – shoots! – in leaps and bounds
from roots to grain
tripping its laughing path
skimming the earth,
making the whole land and mirroring waters
a sphere of butter-yellows
and all the refractions of the sun
swept up and round again.
Everything We See Is Sunlight © Amara George Parker 2018
Shed summer skins and add them to the cobwebs
that cocoon your stone walls.
Let autumn leaves preside over thatching,
laying crimsons and golds against its cheek,
keeping the warmth in,
the cold out.
Gather colours from the ground and trees and sky
for soon there will be none,
so lost will the world be in monochromes and frozen silhouettes.
Tuck those colours in,
nestle amongst them,
fill your belly with sunlight,
for soon wild winds will roar and tumble
and churn it all,
and into their chaos
we can step from our door and bellow
and retreat once more.
Settle In © Amara George Parker 2018
let these be nights of howling moon
and silent hare
let sage-smoked skin slip
under night’s cloak of ink
and seek tongues tangled
let wild ones walk the land
and their bare feet crush
from autumn’s scattered spoils
and spill their scents
in blustering night winds
let the quiet rage of inner hearths burn on
wrapped in bones
and autumn’s song
let there be gentle
let autumn’s lunacy dance on
Autumnal Rites © Amara George Parker 2018
the earth says,
offer me your last breath
I shall give you another
Offerings © Amara George Parker