What you don’t know
When I left you in the hotel lobby
ordering another coffee, the train
carried me closer and closer
to home and further away
from you – the landscape hidden
under mist and rain. We only talked
about poetry, but the clefts between
the words said more.
No, there is no going back
to say different things and mean them.
The stars will always be there
even on cloudy nights.
Kerry Hammerton has published poetry in various South African and UK literary journals. Some of her poems were included in the anthology Difficult to Explain (Finuala Dowling ed.) and Africa, My Africa (Patricia Schonstein ed.). These are the lies I told you, her debut poetry collection, was published by Modjaji Books in 2010. www.kerryhammerton.com.