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Below is the poem entitled CUT THROAT which was written by poet Kim van Breda. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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My son attended play-school three mornings a week
his sister still at home had just turned one
she loved her big brother—her hero and friend
strapped in her car seat-- a restriction she hated
we did the short trip to fetch him from ‘school’

The 5 minute drive home –full of his morning news
pictures created and people he had played with
pulled into our drive- way in no time at all
lunch time preparation as they watched cartoons on TV

Placing my purse in the room on my bed
I turned and was grabbed around the neck
sharp knife he held the steel tip close--cut throat
threatening to kill me if I struggled or shouted

Locking the bedroom door he commanded I hand over
anything valuable—demanding to know—where I kept a gun?
he pulled off my wedding band and helped himself liberally 
still holding the knife at my throat – precious sentimental things he stole

Comprehending the fact I was no longer in sight 
my baby’s stood at the door-- banged and cried
pleading with my assailant to do them no harm
he tied me up, cut the phone cord-- just laughed

Allowing my children into the room
locking us up from the outside within
my daughter was screaming, my son acting brave
trying to cut my  constraints with a nail file

With no phone connection trapped in my room
he boldly climbed out the window taking action
three blocks down the road—  only three years old
running to my sister’s home—screaming ‘call the police’

The trauma ended as we were finally set free
continued relentless, far beyond that day— constantly
this man who attacked causing extensive terror-- fear
was never located, escaping his crime-- forever free


This happened to us in July 1991—since then crime has escalated out of control in South Africa… many not fortunate enough to tell the tale

Copyright © Kim van Breda

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  1. Date: 5/22/2014 9:48:00 AM
    Wow Kim....what a courageous son ....does he still remember this horrific ordeal.. I am so happy that you survived and wish you all the luck in the world on the job front....hugs Tim

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 12:19:00 AM
    "tremendously awesome........... congrats!!! SKAT"

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:54:00 AM
    compelling story... congrats on your win!...:) huggs

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 6/25/2013 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My win?? I'm not sure where you see that. I know I entered the competition, but really didn't expect a win :)
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:18:00 AM
    a gripping story Kim......your son is truly a hero....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:13:00 AM
    Terrific! You have not to change that word brother, it is correct because it refers to your daughter. The poem is anyway well written and effective

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 8:40:00 AM
    I am grieved for you but am glad you lived to tell the tale. Line one you may wish to exchange the word brother for son. At first I was confused and had to reread that line to understand what you were saying.

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 12:20:00 AM
    - Good morning my dear friend, Kim. - - Is this really ..... yes, I believe you ... but sounds like a horror movie.- Have a beautiful day - oxox / / AnneLise :)

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 6:01:00 AM
    Oh my gosh...I was hoping this was a fiction story while reading it, but I can see now it isn't. Even though it must have been so horrible...thank God you and your children lived to tell about it. I will never understand crime....

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 10:04:00 AM
    My goodness. I'm just stunned. :( Though, not entirely surprised by this as I know SA to be a pretty crime heavy country. How sad. Have you thought about moving, perhaps? Huge respect to you for this piece.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 6/4/2013 7:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No kidding. Check your Soup Mail. Lets talk.
    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 6/4/2013 12:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Drake-- thanks for reading this. Yes, we have considered moving, and in fact have "Green Cards"-- permanent residency in the USA since 2010. We have made 6 trips over in the last few years, and my husband cannot secure employment. He is in General Management-- Finance/IT in the retail industry. If you have any contacts could you inbox me.. thanks.