Abbi van den Berg

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

No Backstage Pass - Poem by Abbi van den Berg

I locked the door
but you still found your way in
like a groupie, flirting her way
past security into the backstage area
at a Whitesnake concert
but instead of raging
at this invasion
and retreating to a quiet corner within

I let you in,
jugular exposed like a
cat sleeping, belly-bared believing
that rather than ripping out
my entrails with your pointed teeth
that you would caress my
naked flesh

But don't think
because you charmed the heavies
that you may come
and go as you please.
You opened the door
but I still hold the keys.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 18, 2005

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