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The First Two Poems from All the Days

These are the first two poems in the collection, All the Days:

The water running

the water running in the gullies
the hoopoe bobbing, flying off abruptly

the sky full of leftover rain
nokwakwa weeding bent straight at the waist

the grass bright green after the fire
the hoopoe in the grass a nervous king

the bakkie loaded up for town
the pipes and ditches swollen with water

the tierhout burnt
the yellowwood burnt

the burnt veld
the water running



morning half-light, meeting
two foxes on the farm road,
crossing the railway line, turning
to the white moon,
looking far down to my house,
seeing the lights on.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 8th, 2009 @21:01 #

    Beautiful, clean poems. Both made me think of the various farms I have lived on.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    September 9th, 2009 @17:55 #

    I remember that road well, and it brings back good memories :-)


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