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Poetry

The Sky Is Everywhere – Book Review

Encountering echos of a theme or thought, feels like reinforcement.  Layers being put in place, creating a pattern and a sense of order.  It seems significant when a visible thread links chance encounters.  Once I came across 3 different references to Socrates and his bowl of hemlock in about as many days, if I were superstitious I would probably have ... Read More »

RIP BRONWEN – POEM

This morning we are going to Clifford’s friend Bronwen’s funeral, she was tragically killed in a car accident.  Just weeks ago while we were staying in the Natal Midlands, Clifford took Fjord to Pietermaritzburg Museum where Bronwen worked as a curator.  She took him on a personal tour of the museum and he came home awed with all that he ... Read More »

Breaking Bad – Poem

BREAKING BAD Every internal string Wound unbearably tight Stretched and aching Poised for flight Would that a hand could strum tension from the fibre release a note of music from strained to breaking wire Read More »

Photo’s, Pain and Past – Poetry

Obviously looking at old photographs, is not good for my psyche.  I wrote this last night after looking for photos for Fjord’s school project. Still the message is, you only have one life, each moment is invaluable.  I must always, at all times, live in the now and appreciate all.  Let the sun never set on a wasted day.  Cliche ... Read More »

MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT – Poem

Today I must have heard a bit of a pop song on the radio, I have no idea what the words were but I walked around singing something to a similar rhythm and made up my own words.  So here is a love poem to my husband written to the tune of something that I’m darned sure he would never ... Read More »

FOREST FIRE

The fires raging in the Western Cape, reminded me of a day in August 1999 witnessing a forest fire.  In my days as a single mother, living in Natal, I often drove inland to the Valley of 1000 hills.  On one of these trips I stopped the car to take in the awe full destruction of a forest fire.  The ... Read More »

Friendship’s blue balloon, inspired by Sylvia Plath

The  problem with the poetry of Sylvia Plath is that she can take a perfectly good day and throw a big black blanket over your sun.  Her ability to change mood bears testimony to her genius, but because she is so adept, I go long, long gaps without reading her work.   Tonight I stumbled upon a web page audio of ... Read More »

Valentines – Romantic Verses competition, Win a R500 PrintWild Voucher

ANNOUNCEMENT 1 March 2015, the winner of this competition is Mabasa Zimunya, congratulations!  Our judge had a tough time choosing a winner.  Look out for our next competition.  Thank you to all those who submitted work. Here is Mabasa’s winning poem Cupid, the sniper   (11 Feb 2015) Cupid must be the world’s finest sniper. Blindfolded, radarless With an unguided rudimentary ... Read More »

The History of LiPS – Brett Beiles at the helm

A while ago I wrote about the formation of Durban’s Live Poets Society (LiPS) and my time with the group. I asked Brett Beiles to write about the years when he took the reigns. This is his story. LiPSomania Brett Beiles Convenor: January 2002-August 2007 Poetry helps to concentrate the mind, crystallise emotion and distil the spirit. These processes make ... Read More »