Atlas Booth


Ghosts and reapers fill the pages
of every news source bar one;
Anonymous makes do.

Old ladies wielding pickles,
farmers hauling tanks,
Smokers ditching landmines,
Postmen downing planes.

Civilians stopping columns with their bare hands
while students make cocktails for the troops.

It’s no wonder the world sat up to listen
when true courage was put on display.
The sunflowers will grow after all:
Precarious, but aimed towards the sun.



Atlas Booth is a writer who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been published in several lit mags. He enjoys an assortment of teas and cold brew coffee. For more information on his work, visit his website: