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Abigail George | Debris from Apartheid

Debris from Apartheid

The man turns into a valley I cannot

establish or maintain. My mother does yoga. I stare

at her poses drinking her in with my coffee.

She is as lovely as roses. She is as beautiful as a

galaxy. She is as attractive as the volcano.

Slow, slow, slow inhale. A personal fumble.

There are things I don’t tell anyone. That

you’re as hard as rain. Look, here’s an opening.

A small gap for you to crawl into. The green


glass of a beer bottle shatters on the ground.

Read the obituary. The leaf falls. The mind seeks

intellectualism from a book. The man says

goodbye to the woman in his heart. She doesn’t

know yet that she will never see him again.

She stands humiliated but doesn’t show it, doesn’t

know yet that she is humiliated. He becomes a

graveyard poet. She will never let him go.



becomes the African Shakespeare’s wife,

Her breakfast is getting cold in apartheid

South Africa. The yellow of the egg is a

sun. Its rays cooked through gently by her

mother. The toast is burnt and the woman

turns into a flame. The man is a love story,

is still a love story to her before turning into

a chapter on trauma. The man has eyes to see

but he didn’t see. I am safe now like the

woman is safe. The woman’s blood is wise.

The man has made her tongue wise.



Poetry (c) Abigail George

Image: Bianca Blauth Pixabay

Abigail George
Abigail George
South African Abigail George is a blogger, essayist, short story writer, screenwriter, novelist, and poet. She briefly studied film in Johannesburg. She has two film projects in development and is the recipient of two grants from the National Arts Council, one from the Centre for the Book and another from ECPACC. Her publishers are Tendai Rinos Mwanaka (Zimbabwe, Mwanaka Media and Publishing or Mmap), Xavier Hennekinne (Australia/New Zealand, Gazebo Books), and Thanos Kalamidas (Finland, Ovi). Her literary representative is Morten Rand. She is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net nominated, and European Union Poetry Prize longlisted poet. Her poem “The Accident” was Identity Theory's Editor's Choice for Spring. Ink Sweat and Tears chose her poem “When light poured into me at the swimming pool” as a September Pick of the Month, and she recently made the shortlist of the Writing Ukraine Prize 2023. She is a poet/writer who believes in the transformative, restorative and healing powers of words. Her latest book is Letter To Petya Dubarova (Australia/New Zealand, Gazebo Books). Young Galaxies (a poetry book) was released in 2023 from Mmap and a memoir When Bad Mothers Happen is forthcoming. “Clarissa, Hector and Septimus Redefined” was recently published by Novelty Fiction in Kindle format.

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