After leaving Johannesburg
I wanted the city
to still resonate
within me but all
I had on my side
was silence.
I craved the early
morning traffic.
A coffee. The people.
But I behaved badly.
Life seems long
when you’re young.
You think that youth will never end!
I spend nights
watching cricket with dad.
The bond still there.
Nobody tells you
about the greatest
secret of love.
That it will change the way
you see yourself.
My spirit is lonely and yours?
Tomorrow morning
will bring another vision of you.




Abigail George is a South African blogger, poet, short story writer, aspirant young adult novelist and playwright. She briefly studied film at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She received two grants from the National Arts Council, Centre for the Book and ECPACC. Her fiction “Wash Away My Sins” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poem “The Accident” was Identity Theory‘s Editor’s Choice for spring. Her poem “When light poured into me at the swimming pool” was shortlisted for the Ink Sweat and Tears Pick of the Month for September.




Photo credit: By Dylan Harbour (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons