Charl JF Cilliers

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

Brokenness - For Leslie - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers


her brokenness she touches
with tenderness:
a gentleness her mother
cannot always muster


in her a dozen years
are shrunk to something
akin to five


her awkwardness she touches
with tenderness:
the aerodynamic mystery
of bringing a fork safely
down onto the runway

the studied desperations
of tangled clothes
the wrong feet in her shoes


her solitariness she touches
with tenderness
in dreams: plays, skips
(unsupported by anyone)
across puddles
hopscotching home alone
to her own music

some nights she sits and hums
at her window, hand outstretched
to touch with sympathy
the half-dark moon’s own brokenness

Topic(s) of this poem: human condition

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, November 8, 2015

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