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Saturday, November 10, 2012

'Old African Woman' : A poem from the African Collection

Old African Woman

In the rear-view mirror I see you;
your silent reflection
slowly passing behind my car.
The time-worn bones of your body
bent, and slightly warped
by age and experience:
spine hunched, grotesquely,
neck pulled downward
by the dull-bright hanging
of the brass crucifix,
suspended by its heavy chain.
Constant mobility,
on your empty breasts,
sucked dry of their vitality
by endless, eager lips.
Your steady, shuffling gait
a vague reminder of your
distant, proud withdrawal.
© 2006 : Colin Gordon-Farleigh
From the book Fragments of Earth, published by Voice Publications, 2006

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