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Poetry

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 »

Poetry a journey into and out of an abusive relationship

Many years ago I was in an abusive relationship.  During that time and in the healing period after leaving the relationship, writing helped me to structure my thoughts and helped me to find my way forward.  I have avoided putting these old works up here for a few reasons.  I was a different person then.  I have moved on and ... Read More »

Poem – Mother and Father (My Hirsch’s competition ‘entry’)

Oi, I’m getting old.  I got all excited when I saw a poetry competition advertised by Hirsch in Boksburg, but me old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, didn’t see the age 5 – 8 bit.  Anyway yesterday while sitting in the car while the children were in swimming lessons I wrote my ‘entry’.  although I cannot ... Read More »