Sunday Morning Mindfulness

Quietly and sleepily sipping my first cup of Earl Grey tea early this morning, I slowly and absorbingly read the pages of a beautiful hardback book given to me by my mother and stepfather a few years ago.  I think it was a Christmas present - there will be a note inside to tell me, … Continue reading Sunday Morning Mindfulness

A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army

    A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army In South Africa Brother, for years we were told, But never really believed, That one day you, too, would have to join The long, frightened queue Of young men, new recruits of the Defence Force. The Organisation, so powerfully strong, Snatching, from our arms, … Continue reading A Poem To A Young Man Entering The Army

Ek Wil Huis Toe Gaan – An Ode to South Africa – With Translation

In my previous blogpost, I explained the writing of this poem, which seemed to write itself one chilly evening in Britain, during October 2013. I have now cobbled together a translation, which appears below the original here, for those who do not speak Afrikaans nor know the South African lingo ... Ek Wil Huis Toe Gaan Ek … Continue reading Ek Wil Huis Toe Gaan – An Ode to South Africa – With Translation

An Ode to South Africa

Written in moments, straight onto my Facebook page one homesick evening ... The 'poem' below wrote itself, it took no time at all to release ... I walked up to my computer, sat down at the keyboard, and just let the words flow, as tears streamed from my eyes. I did not edit it, simply hit … Continue reading An Ode to South Africa