Photo Credit © Pixabay Existential Consequential (Read the original publication in Indiana Voice Journal HERE) Part One Baptised child of colour by a system saturated with colonial masked fodder, my existence manipulated although lovingly orchestrated to avoid a mother heinously hated my future mapped out by adult decree – to avoid an emotionally cancerous feuding … Continue reading EXISTENTIAL CONSEQUENTIAL


You ¤ Huisgenoot

This one is a translation from my AFRIKAANS poem from 'Huisgenoot', an Afrikaans family magazine which then published an English version 'YOU' These magazines became my window to the world during the 1980's whilst South Africa was gripped in the school boycotts against the apartheid regime and I found myself unwillingly amidst army attacks on my … Continue reading You ¤ Huisgenoot

Childhood Days

https://soundcloud.com/salamander-12/childhood-days?in=salamander-12/sets/poems-in-english This is a translation of my Afrikaans poem 'Kinderdae', depicting growing up in the 70's and 80's in Apartheid South Africa in Cape Town. Feelings and thoughts are captured on my first trip into the City accompanied by my eldest sister Ruth, in a 'Third class' carriage for 'coloureds' and experiencing my first restaurant … Continue reading Childhood Days