Between the rust and bone of seasons
And tattering metal teeth born of clinical instruments
My grandmother surrendered her pugnacious spirit
And saw, from her hospital bed, the great plains
On which her husband waited all those absent years.
Between thick blood and burnt swollen flesh
My aunt finally nodded subtly to a bleak forecast
Accepting the towers rising from her breasts
To be the final announcement of her fading beauty,
Tearing her away from two children still in grade school.
I embrace the quiet places that their voices once filled
There is always reminisce - the aftermath of greatness leaves an echo
That time will never lay to rest.
(Johann grew up in the Free State on the border of Lesotho and South Africa. He studied communication and industrial psychology at the northwest university in Potchefstroom and currently works in television and as freelance writer in Johannesburg. He has also written two international children’s books – Frankie Learns to Fly & Bhubesi. He has published poetry both locally and internationally, in journals such as The Kalahari Review, The Rye Whiskey Review and Down In The Dirt. He is a finalist in the esteemed Ingrid Jonker A la poetic competition and some of his work will appear in the Sea Glass Hearts American Poets Anthology published in the United States later this year. Currently, Johann is working on his debut individual poetry collection in Afrikaans. His first individual English collection has been picked up and will be published in the States in early 2020).
The Beautiful Space-