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Kettledrum Belly by Charl Landsberg

Charl Landsberg | Apr 12th, 2021 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Bangs his fists on his belly when he’s ready to eat.
Pockets full of sex, bread, seashells, a button.
He wants to braai under the winter sky: R30 meat,
he got at the spaza shop near Amanzimtoti.
The air thick with smoke and sweat as he takes his seat,
grabs a drink, turns on the tv, and looks at me,
his eyes as hungry, full of that immanent heat,
as if there was more on the menu than mutton.

Poet Bio

Charl Landsberg (them/their) is a South African poet, writer, musician, and artist. Their work often focusses on issues of social justice, love, science fiction and fantasy, and a few other things.

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