Abbi van den Berg

Rookie (6 November 1980 / East London, South Africa)

Cheddar Tuesday - Poem by Abbi van den Berg

Grate, grate, grate
My heart slides over the finger-top, dimpled metal plates
Shavings of flesh squeeze, bloody
Through the sharp curves

I gave you a small, stilly shiny-smooth corner of my soul
Not criss-cross kelloid with the past
To caretake
And you force it
Grate, grate, grate

Through the serrated surfaces
With your pointed words
And leave me oozing
Damaged

Grate, grate, grate
Another scar, another surface
Open to salt
Open to burn
Open over you

Grate, grate, grate

15/06/2006

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 7, 2010


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