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Winners of Gratiaen Prize 2007

2007 Winner

Nothing Prepares You
Vivimarie VanderPoorten

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Nothing Prepares You
Vivimarie VanderPoorten

Vivimarie VanderPoorten teaches English literature, language and linguistics at the Open University of Sri Lanka, and was educated at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and the University of Ulster, UK. 'nothing prepares you' was her first published collection of poems.

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Nothing Prepares You/Vivimarie VanderPoorten

Nothing Prepares You

Nothing prepares you for Pain.
It hits you like a bus
In the street
While you’re trying to shield your eyes from the glare
Of the mid-day sun
While you are
Thinking ordinary thoughts
Like: “where did I leave my keys”

Having been hurt before Doesn’t help, either.
You don’t feel your heart shatter and think.
“Oh, this is familiar, I know
Exactly how this will go”

Love and loss shadow you Silently like spies
And collide suddenly,
Violently
Like migraine headaches
They are always new
With the raw, sharp edges
Of knives
That glint in
too-bright – white hot
light
And blind you.