Lessons in Gravity: Flatten Us
By Leo Muhibzada
It remains a quarrel of textures, familiar
with a stranger in the seat opposite
leaden spongy mesophyll hung
who’s to say whether it’s black or white?
Pacing through a checked box
we boil distances in the crevice
our sweat-glossed latex breathing
dew leaks to penetrate saliva
gritty from the hum. Bleach shall
not grow your gardens. In another life
I’d pierce the roof to falter the treads
on tongues with a tactile feel.
Liberation pipes the scrunch
with abstinence, sticky plaster
watching as it sat painting English
soil- grey surrender smooth sealed
or indistinct the grain of brick competes
with iron matte is supposedly our universal
but singes edges of each door till the bell
pours ash into the rain melting the ocean
Stretched out this shirt showing white
paint doesn’t last in the sun
our sins arranged amongst the cushions
too wet - mud is safer than flooring.
Here the roses are fabric; they do not repent.
Their tissue will never bleed the same
so tilt upwards to half of a sky
tear down outdated currency
Rather shop with the moon
can we exceed cobwebs as chemical
forehead lines while children with lighters
smooth down splinters of a trapped crow’s
We know too well the blisters
where the edges peel with engine
friction and reflux refurbishment
that never fails dust.
About Leo Muhibzada
Leo Muhibzada is 15 and is currently studying GCSE Art, History and French. Their interest in writing has led him to use poetry as an outlet for their experiences of growth, being a young British trans person with a cultural background. Leo aspires to be a writer and publish his own book someday.
Lessons in Gravity
Poems from Museum of the Home by The Young Poets Collective. Edited by Anthony Anaxagorou. Get a copy of the anthology from our shop
About the project
Lessons in Gravity is a collection of poems written by young people aged 15–24 exploring themes of power, identity and the legacy of colonialism at the Museum.