I am fallingKerry Hammerton
You must have carried scraps
of me with you, maybe from
the first time we met: a party
at your sister’s flat. Or the first
time we had sex: I don’t remember
when or where. Or the last time:
in our old bedroom, a few weeks after
I had moved out, the sheets crisp
and fresh. I think you were trying
to impress me.
Or, maybe, from our first holiday:
camping and walking in the Drakensberg.
It rained. We fought over who would read
the book I had brought.
Or from our wedding day, or our honeymoon,
or any fight we had.
Or maybe from the day I left.
And now those scraps,
the me that you knew
and all the secret names you called me,
have died with you;
and I am left holding
From: McGregor Poetry Festival 2014 Anthology
First published in 2015 by African Sun Press
in association with The McGregor Poetry Festival Committee
Kerry Hammerton lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Her poetry has been published in various South African and UK literary journals and anthologies. In her debut poetry collection These are the lies I told you, (Modjaji 2010) Kerry was described as ‘an anatomist of romantic love’ and ‘amusing, refreshing and extraordinarily entertaining’. The Weather Report (2014), her second collection, has been called ‘playful, absurd, yearning, elegiac, dark and wicked’. Kerry is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
Sources of previously published poems:
Kerry Hammerton: I am falling; County Kerry; and Maps from The Weather Report, 2014.