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"I Left Notes in the Stone Wall" by Anita Bushara


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Published January 1, 2023

I Left Notes in the Stone Wall

by Anita Bushara
(Warwick, Bermuda)

I parked my car
in front of a stone wall today
A beautifully aged limestone wall
With stones stacked in every direction
Craggy stones – some small and some large
None laying on each other flat
but stacked in every way
surprisingly strong on its own–
No binding layer of cement in sight
Perfected sedimentary strata
with cracks and crevices
that yielded spaces
begging to be filled

In fact–
The stones were screaming
For a bit of conversation–
So I obliged
I sat there
and scribed
A multitude of mental notes
Unleashing every thought
From A-Z
Filling every crack and gap
Until the wall started spitting the notes back

I blinked

And the wall was just as I saw it first
But my mind was free
Emptied of facts–
that were holding me back

I filled those cracks today
With thoughts of love
And some dismay
Now I'm ready to drive away

But I'll be back

Anita Bushara is a Bermudian educator. She has a Master's Degree in Literacy Education. She enjoys writing about her island-home using poetry as her preferred genre. Anita had her first published poetry in The Caribbean Writer, Vol. 35, "Diasporic Rhythms, Interrogating the Past, Re-imagining the Future." Anita also enjoys painting as a medium of expression. In the summer of 2022, Anita created an online "Catch and Release" gallery; a response in expressionistic art to her interactions with daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find her catch and release gallery at

This poem is included in Poetry World #5, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Caribbean Poetry Magazine:
2020 What Can I Say

by Natalie Dewdney

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