The Poet by Doryn Herbst
CW: Domestic Violence
has created an oasis of invention for himself
in a studio with glass windows and a glass ceiling,
surrounded by green plants, air and light.
His spirit is free
to release words from his head
for a world waiting
for his lines.
Here, he is content.
The poet comes home
at the end of a day’s work,
bangs his wife’s head against the fridge door
if she annoys him.
And because she is scared of him,
she finds herself stumbling and doing
something that annoys him.
Doryn Herbst (she/her), originally a scientist working in the water industry, Wales, now lives in Germany and is a deputy local councillor. Her writing considers the natural world but also darker topics such as domestic violence, abuse and bullying. Doryn has poetry in Fahmidan Journal and the Metamorffosis Festival 2021, Bangor. She is a reviewer at Consilience science poetry journal. Twitter @DorynHerbst