Charl JF Cilliers

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

Voice Mail - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

They heard about a death
in the family.

Talking stopped
when they saw him.

Stopped. As if
death were contagious.
Or cancer. Or grief.

Pretended
not to see him

coming
sometimes
veered discreetly
across the street.

He put the phone
on voice mail.

Could hear the relief
when they left

their brief condolences.

Topic(s) of this poem: human condition

Form: Free Verse


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 8, 2015



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