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Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown talking
by Abigail George
2018-01-15 13:01:07
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Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown talking

You’re the hourglass and
I’m the ungrateful child.
I’m always pouring your
tea into the cup that is as
radiant as the sun. Tea that is as
fresh as water. Away from
her I could only imagine the
sorrows of a grandmother.
Children growing up in
apartheid. Being forcibly
removed. The Garden City Clinic
of my dreams looms in the distance while I touch up my magazine hair, my face as if making myself ready for a date. This is just a refresher course for me. Same diagnosis. It means another bed with hospital corners for me.

I’m turning into my father
and I hate it. It means that
every day I meet the end
of the sky. You can see it
in my face. Its skull like its
sweet tooth is intact. The
universe is amplified as is
birdsong in the air. The colour
of June. The shadows of
history. You think that you
will grow out of it like the
body of falling rain. I found
the preacher’s voice after
silence where the world is
too big to be shy. Its goals,
strategies, actions. I have
discovered that peoples’ faces
look different in the morning.


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"All about my mother" & "Brother Wolf and Sister Wren"
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