Monday, 1 May 2017

Chipped China

How can Brian -
the street bully -
be this delicate giant?

Eleven-year-old Tumema
peered through the slits
of the wooden slats
under Brian's house.

The same thick fingers
that dragged her by the hair
across the school field

nimbly raised a china cup
to the porcelain doll's
love-heart lips.

Published in 'Blackmail Press' - March 2017

NZ Best Poems 2017

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