Books: Experimental Haiku by Abigail George

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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

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About the author

Abigail George

Abigail George studied film and television production for a short while, followed by a brief stint as a trainee at a production house. She is a Christian feminist, writer and poet. She lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has had poetry published in print and online. She has had short fiction published online. In 2005 and 2008, she was awarded grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg. She is not purely devoted to poetry but to pursuing writing full time. Storytelling for her has always been a phenomenal way of communicating and making a connection with other people. She writes for Modern Diplomacy and contributed bimonthly to a symposium on Ovi Magazine: Finland’s English Online Magazine. Her latest book Winter in Johannesburg is available on Kindle via Amazon.

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