Charl JF Cilliers

Gold Star - 5,763 Points (25 January 1941 / Cape Town, South Africa)

Birth - For Meritxell - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

You lie curled
a small canoe
in calm waters
before the rapids come

a wide calm
luminosity of sound
currents all round

drifting towards the first spasms
of wild water
buffeted tiny craft
that gushes out
into rushings of whitewater light

you emerge – a diver
from great depths –
covered still
for a moment in darkness

short of breath
splashing for air
struggling for the shore
so near, so far.

Topic(s) of this poem: birth

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 8, 2015

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