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Beast in the kitchen –

Drowned thing with her rosary.

At war with the roast.



Throne. Ghost. Leaf. All guests.

Pale. Ancestral bloodlines – a clever-experiment

In romanticism.



Beach-life. A green-ish plate.

Swimming towards velvet rays of light.

A child’s-laugh (bees). Sea mist.



Jasmine passion – reel.

Flowers in a lonely mind.

Illness for breakfast.



Children underfoot –

There is traffic in my house.

Toy guns. Cowboy hats.


After leaving Mr. Muirhead

Alleys. Streets. Wolves. Sheep.

The shores-of-Johannesburg do not smell like anything-like-Malibu.

It’s primitive living-for-sale.


Remember me

The weather that day. Rain and-then-it-stopped.

Flesh. Skin-on-skin’s-compass. Perfume. And more rain.

Keys to not buying post-apartheid things.



To the lighthouse soul.

To Sappho, Antigone’s divine-ceremony.

Go fishing in rifts.


It’s losing its darkness

Something is damaged –

There is a richness in dust – mother-tongue.

Post-apartheid things. Compasses.


The hours

You are a typhoon –

Waves in the folds of daylight.

Childhood stars are past.


Shade in my bedroom

The end of violence –

The world’s feast is not my home.

The heart of worship.


Inside a public library

I am the June guest –

Greedy for ritual. Sonnets.

Winter possession.


Success for personal growth

Orlando’s river –

Habits of tsunamis past.

What remains is life.



I read as a child –

In books, there are valleys. Hills.

Worlds were within reach.



Infatuation –

Winner of America.

Paper tigers ghosts.


© Abigail George


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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