Charl JF Cilliers

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

Ventriloquist’s Dummy - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

A presence groping into
my skull, firmly defining ribcage,
backbone: the fingertip-ticking
of my heart, eyes bright,
bright with animation:

my mouth moves,
seeking syllables, a voice:

only to discover the sounds
my lips make
are not of my own choice.

Topic(s) of this poem: metaphysical

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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