Charl JF Cilliers

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

Premature - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

She was born prematurely
frail as the chrysalis

of a butterfly
her breathing

a delicate scraping
of wings

where darkness of life
wriggled within her

close to warm breasts,
perpetual suns.

When they approached
the incubator

she seemed
always to be trying

unsuccessfully to grasp tightly
some inchoate awareness:

some animated shiny
toy of darkness.

Topic(s) of this poem: human condition

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 8, 2015

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