Siegfried Baber was born in Barnstaple, Devon in 1989. Since graduating from Bath Spa University with a degree in Creative Writing, he lives and works in the city as a freelance writer, and as a barman in Bath’s finest pub, The Star Inn.
Siegfried’s poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, online with The Compass Magazine and Ink, Sweat and Tears, and as part of the Bath Literature Festival. His debut pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid is published by Telltale Press, with its title poem nominated for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.
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I gave you a melon.
Bright yellow, a real beauty –
you took it home,
parading through the streets
like the woman
who’d bagged herself the Sun.
We dismantled the double-bed,
took apart the wardrobe
and cleaned out the kitchen.
I gave a few bits and pieces
to the charity shop down the road.
Then we came back to the melon.
You cradled it in your arms.
There were no knives,
we’d given all our cutlery away,
so I used the puzzle-piece edge
of your spare key
to divide the whole thing
into a pair of half-moons.
Fifty-fifty. Right down the middle.
Yours and mine.