Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 28,377 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

As If A Magical Barrier Had Been Drawn - Poem by Gert Strydom

When I was a teenager
my younger brother
used to wait
until I was in the bathroom

to say cheeky things to me
and to look for trouble
from the outside
beyond the frosted glass.

I’ll beat you up
I used to declare
and he would laugh
and say something more

as if a magical barrier
had been drawn
between the two of us

and it went on
till one day
that I saw his outline
against the glass.

He said what he thought
and I didn’t let him pass
and pieces of frosted glass
shattered and
flew away
while I knocked him
through the window
against the head
and that was the last of it

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 23, 2010

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