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Abigail George | Two Poems


He is torturing me again.
I feel as if I am slowly going mad.
He calls me Ted Bundy.
Wasn’t he a serial killer?
You don’t think, he yells at me.
He gets up close and makes as if to hit me.
He stops himself.
I look up at him.
I don’t say anything.
I don’t say anything anymore.
I just cry.


Fuck the system and overpaid therapists

She doesn’t love me

Why does she not love you?

My sister is prettier and more accomplished than me

Looks are important to her?

My sister’s skin is as pale as hers, she has
European friends, an American boyfriend who used to play
varsity football and straight hair, that’s important to our mother.

Where is your sister now?

She lives in Europe

I am just a failure in her eyes

Of course you’re not a failure

Always have been

They love you

I am not pale with Slavic cheekbones

I’m not getting through to you

My father is paying for this and I’m not going to listen to you
if you don’t listen to me. My family is supposed to love me

Is it because you’re depressed

It’s because I’m not good enough. That’s why she doesn’t love me

If you were prettier then she’d love you


If you were a clinical psychologist then she’d love you

If your boyfriend was caring towards you

Yes, yes, yes.


Poems © Abigail George
Image: Dall-E 3 modified AW
Abigail George
Abigail Georgehttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5174716.Abigail_George/blog
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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