Maroula Blades

Shadow & Urban Testimony

Maroula Blades

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Shadow

I drift over silt like dense oil oozing, 

Dahlias ball as I sprinkle a portion of dusk,

Wood frames stretch like tusks, worming the path.

Draped in cold, I rest flat in a dark lake,

Watery hands dip my dissident face.

I dance on runny fingers like a dragnet,

Sing of deep purple moons in shrouds.

To my lips I bend a dank willow,

Sigh, ‘Come, and drip-dry under my cloak.’

A figure dizzily darts in and out of me. 


Urban Testimony

What are you gonna do for the black artist,

the one whose voice dwindles in the storm?

We are not silent by any means, just black.

Black get back, your talk is too big and loud,

Hey, but not cheap like the shoes I wear,

so bear the brunt of my sass, 

the persistent itching of my tongue on the back of your mind,

let what you think is the devil’s wayward word

turn and club some sense, yes sense.

Black, up in your face not with guns, words.

I’m an N-guy with a book not a poptheweasle gun. 

Suck this; chew the black lip truth,

Remnants of storms, hardcore, steadfast words, 

fast and furious, quick in effect, 

deadly in assault, funky, but still wanting peace.

I’ll say it again, still wanting peace. Believe! 

Brethren and sistren, 

let me hear you say, ‘Well’, word for the fearless. 





Maroula Blades


Maroula Blades is an Afro-British poet/writer living in Berlin. The winner of The Caribbean Writer 2014 Flash Fiction Competition and Erbacce Prize 2012, her first poetry collection “Blood Orange” is published by Erbacce-press. Works have been published in Volume Magazine, Abridged O-40, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Trespass Magazine, Words with Jam, Blackberry Magazine, Thrice Magazine and by The Latin Heritage Foundation and Peepal Tree and other anthologies and magazines. Her poetry/music programme has been presented on several stages in Germany. On the 20.06.15, Maroula performed some of her works at the 16. Berlin Poetry Festival. Her debut EP-album "Word Pulse", Havavision Records (UK) can be found on I-Tunes and Amazon. 

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