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Five Twitter Poems – The Rusty Knife

All great poetry
juxtaposes two
disparate elements
like a banana and
the word juxtapose
with hard returns

I’m as nervous as the night
I wrote and ripped up
my first love poem
to a girl who said
she was not ready
for my love
of poetry

As ek in Afrikaans dig
dan sny die landskap
as ‘n roestige mes
droog deur my strot
om my bloed as rooi
blomme te plant
in die dorstige sand

A falling tree
is mostly just
a falling tree
hollowed by age
leafless, nude
splintered, breathless
waiting for words
to water its roots

I will leave this here
to ensure that our
glasses never run dry
as we watch the birds
warm our hearts
with their wings
over chimneys

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