Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A poem by Siegfried Baber

The Melon

first published in the 2013 Templar Poetry Anthology

I gave you a melon.
Bright yellow, a real beauty –
you took it home,

parading through the streets
like the woman
who'd bagged herself the Sun.

We dismantled the double-bed,
took apart the wardrobe
and cleaned out the kitchen.

I gave a few bits and pieces
to the charity shop down the road.
Then we came back to the melon.

You cradled it in your arms.
There were no knives,
we'd given all our cutlery away,

so I used the puzzle-piece edge
of your spare key
to divide the whole thing

into a pair of half-moons.
Fifty-fifty. Right down the middle.
Yours and mine.


Siegfried Baber was born in Barnstaple, Devon in 1989, and his poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, and as part of the Bath Literature Festival. His debut pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid is published by Telltale Press.

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