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Genna Gardini


Country: South Africa



Biography:

Genna Gardini is a young poet and writer based in Cape Town. In her Matric year she won the Douglas Livingstone Poetry Competition and came second at the Poetry Africa Schools Festival. Since graduating from Rhodes University in 2007, her writing has been featured in various publications. She is currently working on her first feature length screenplay as part of the National Film and Video Foundation's development program.

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Mister

Mister, you crinkle off my broeks
like a yellow sucker wrapper,
calling me precious
(or, precocious, I can't tell which
with the crackle of this cellophane hymen
caught snapping like a lid on your mouth).

You are as thready as a wear in the leather,
puffing from the crook of your collapsed chin,
asking to "let me run one of your powder stockings,
cobbled, down my shin"

until, with one fowled swoop of your sciatic,
methuselastic,
hip-replacement-in-the-attic arm,
you sit me slap on your knee, how old are we?, say pretty,
pretty in your yellow dress!
(and, of course, you can guess the rest).

I am bucked and perched, my ‘bit chest fresh,
my patent white feet swinging wide-soled and sweet,
while one finger, thick and sticky as a popsicle,
is slid in to check if the dough is ready.

But you like to crack the inside soft,
with a little time to spare,
and I find your tweed hands itching and
plying my two dumpling knees apart
as if to trace by heart a start on a sore that isn't even a scab, yet.

I could slip you in, flaccid, to the side, I offer,
but it seems there's cutting in you still
(or at least, enough to slick one smooth slice between).
So I seep you all out, mister, yellow and mean.

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