Charl JF Cilliers

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

The Infant’s First Cry - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

The infant’s first cry
heralds a harvest of words.

As separate senses unwind
he hugs the burial cloth
of his swaddling clothes.

To purify, refine
his lifelong funeral oration
he wanders in search
of the words of his heart
through catacombs of time
each step another false start.

With calloused hands
he eventually bends
in a harvested cornfield of words
and weeps where the mystery began.

Topic(s) of this poem: metaphysical

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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