A Poem by P.A. Bitez

Inconvenient beauty

Olive moss clothes a cottage.
Here, I don’t squash the moth or swat the wasp.
I grip a paper cloth, a glass cup, pick them up
like a stunning butterfly or summer nasturtium.
Set them free at the window watch as they pursue sunset,
even nettles know my softness. I ask bramble for consent
to be plucked from sweet grass. I giggle at God’s imagination
When I spot the rat the size of a gentle man in the garden.
How I too, am only a half idea turned flesh. Afraid
like the ladybird of being crushed under a strange foot –
for my inconvenient beauty.

P.A.Bitez or Princess Arinola Adegbite is a poet, musician, voiceover artist, and filmmaker from Manchester. She is a winner of Slambassadors, BBC Words First 2020, One Mic Stand 2021, Common Word Going Digital, and Manchester Young Creative of The Year 2021. She is a Young Identity member. Bitez received a Castlefield Gallery Associates prize for her film Drapetomania and was commissioned by Selfridges, BBC, and the University of Cambridge. She’s been longlisted for the AUB International 2022 Poetry Prize.