Born Free

by Sherry Grant and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Tandem 2:2, October 2022 (actually June 2023). Written 22 November 2021 via Facebook chat.       +



spa bath

a muddy chihuahua

breaks free Sherry


the prize goldfish

leaps from its bowl Michael


glistening silk

my pet tarantula

lands on mum’s pie Sherry


groceries unpacked

her cockatoo eyeing

the half-open door Michael


the gecko’s tail

twitches in the corner Sherry


daughter off to college

the hamster’s grave

unmarked Michael