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By SOUM (Screams of Unfettered Minds)

Wedged securely into his aisle seat

No need to foolishly look upon

The cause of his pending demise

Clutching to chest the emesis bag

Should mouth suddenly flood with saliva

An embarrassing scene we must avoid

Weathers supposed to be ether blue

And turbulence is a normal event

Google states but Googles not here

In the flesh, fingers entwined painfully

Eyes shut don’t want to see

Breathe, they say, slowly it works

And then he felt the instant

His insides dropped out and fled

The big bird lifted off land

Into air, all lives now entrusted

To some measly four turbofan engines

Casmaron, Angel of Air, save him

As it levels out reason returns

An understanding of his mental state

Who does he speak to urgently

If he’s to survive this flight

Of fancy then they must retrieve

His stomach, still on the ground


SOUM (Screams of Unfettered Minds) is a collaboration of three Pasifika women from New Zealand, who prefer their art and poetry to speak for them. This newly-formed trio describe their style as raw, unpolished, tongue-in-cheek, unapologetic, unfiltered, born from years of shadow-work and presented straight from the heart. They champion mental awareness and social issues and gain inspiration from the struggles of everyday people; the darker aspects of their physical, mental and spiritual battles.

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