Abbi van den Berg

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

Seal Culling - Poem by Abbi van den Berg

I sat on my back porch
cigarette smouldering between fingers
staring at a lilac sky
backlighting two trees
one skeletal in its nudity
and the other gaudily confetti-blossomed
flaunting its beauty before it

And I wondered if there was someone, somewhere
in the world
sitting on their back porch after a night out
staring at their overgrown
alien infested lawn
smoking
longing for a girl with just a little too much
energy and volume

Did he stub out his cigarette
considering what I might look like
when he met me
and if I would ever come

Was he clubbed to death like me
wishing that destiny would hurry up
and cut him some slack


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  • (1/16/2007 11:51:00 AM)

    I can relate to this poem even though I don´t smoke ;) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 14, 2005


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