Sue Wallace-Shaddad was born and brought up in Suffolk and returned to live in the county in 2002 after many years abroad working with the British Council. She retired in 2014.

Sue has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University/Poetry School, London and is Secretary of Suffolk Poetry Society.

Her first short collection ‘A City Waking Up’ was published by Dempsey and Windle in October 2020. Sue has also had poems published by London Grip, Artemis, Brittle Star, Poetry Space, Ink, Sweat &Tears and in several anthologies. She writes poetry reviews for Sphinx/Happenstance Press, London Grip and The Alchemy Spoon.

Peeling the orange

A tear of moisture
escapes,
vulnerable white pith
laid bare
as I cut my way through,
break off islands of skin,
penetrate
that taut membrane.

Discarded peel mounts up.
I am left with a naked ball.
My fingers part the flesh
gaping like an open wound
weeping tart acidic blood.
My sticky fingers
drown in pleasure
as I release small boats
into a sea of taste.

Copyright © 2018 Sue Wallace-Shaddad

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