Breaking Apart

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Melbourne VIC, Australia

I wrote this poem in 1988, found it this evening, & this is its first ‘airing’.

The last time we made love
when you got up from my bed
pieces of my skin stuck to yours
and I was left raw and bleeding
in patches.
But you didn't notice the loose bits of skin
hanging off you
and got dressed quickly.

So I cried
and my body shrivelled inside
shrinking away from the sore outer shell.

Now when we talk
the distance between us is so great
I can scarcely see you
through the haze of past closeness.
In my blindness I am scared
of walking into the
new-born rift
that divides us
and falling and falling...
But then,
the way it feels now,
there's not too far to fall,
anyway.
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Karen Berger

Karen Berger

Australia

Karen’s passion is to use her expertise in performing arts, research and writing to create connection through multimedia storytelling. She has an abiding commitment to social justice, as born out through her practice-led M.A. and PhD, which used theoreti...

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