Monday, May 9, 2016

Abigail George


Is it a crime to hit
your wife when
she gives you insurmountable grief?
When you come home
from a hard day's
work and your
food is cold always
or right now, please
give me a break.
When you want some
loving and she's tired?

She's no longer young.
And you're no
longer beautiful or as athletic as you once were.
Is it a crime when the
neighbors call
the police on account
of the noise and
you say Officer, it's
nothing. Nothing at all.
We've already kissed
and made up?

Gerald So reads "Domestic Disturbance":

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Abigail confesses: "This poem was inspired by domestic violence in South Africa under several discriminatory laws during apartheid."

A Pushcart Prize nominee, ABIGAIL GEORGE is the author of six books (poetry, short stories, ebooks). Her poetry appears and is forthcoming in Birds Piled Loosely, Brittle Paper, Dead Snakes, Hamilton Stone Review, Literary Orphans, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Writing Disorder, Toad Suck Review, and Vigil Pub Mag. She briefly studied film at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She lives, works in, and is inspired by the people of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her poems have been widely published from Australia, to Nigeria, to Finland, and New Delhi, India to Istanbul, Turkey. Read her blog at and fiction at

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