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Beginning, middle, endNew writing 2020-12-23
"In Paris at midday on a day in May we emerged from the métro at the Place Maubert. In that tiny square the Huguenots were burned at the stake, I’d read, and I remarked to him that the screams must have been awful."
Him here, he’s my second husbandNew writing 2020-12-18
"A few years ago, I travelled to my hometown – by bus, because I couldn’t muster enough courage to take my car to travel all those many kilometres on my own."
camino journeyNew writing 2020-12-17
"this perhaps a glorious destiny
scattered stardust in an infinite Salty Sea"
LAW FOR ALL's Top 10: "Green" by Naomi MeyerNew writing 2020-12-15
"I don’t see a hopeful future. I see the back of my little girl’s head the last time I was here. The red rash on her neck."
Bitter teaNew writing 2020-12-09
"The name Pretorius sent a shock of frigidity into Nella’s heart. She shuddered. She thought of her blonde husband and what she had heard about a blonde man with the Pretorius girl."
Kommadagga short story: Twee vuilpoppeNew writing 2020-12-02
"I am your son, and we are alike in so many ways. Yes, I like boys, but only to play with. But girls, girls I love. Only girls."
LAW FOR ALL's Top 10: "Exit" by Maretha MaartensNew writing 2020-11-20
"Twenty-nine minutes before her exit, Heaven-Leigh wanted something to eat – vetkoek with golden syrup. No, not an apple. Vetkoek with syrup ..."
Along came the windNew writing 2020-11-16
"Thus the dead speak swift as the wind?
The chiming tunes,
The thumbing thunder that rolls,
smashing the hills in moments of grace."
Circles in the sandNew writing 2020-10-19
"Where do you come from, little one
from the soil that births stone and cement
endlessly perfect control
souls searching for meaning."
CandlesNew writing 2020-10-14
"Thick candles enjoy the heat. Though their glow melts
those next to them, wax drips and widens
their feet – their foundations grow."
Night in Corona CityNew writing 2020-10-08
"In the beginning, we obeyed whatever they said. Everything we heard about this unknown virus was terrifying. How unstoppable it was. How it could leap from person to person like contagious lightning. How slim the chances were of surviving it. How horrible the death that resulted. The human race had no immunity ..."
LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Breath of law" by Inga NtantalaNew writing 2020-10-06
"In this world, each person is protected by an armour of rights, and all who infringe shall face the smite of justice for their transgression."
#inittogetherNew writing 2020-09-08
"The days, bursting with purpose,
between the hours
of empty sunrises"
Mma AfricaPoësie 2020-09-03
"Jy hoort by ’n wêreldkongres –
hervormer, strateeg, raadgewer, planmaker, volharder."
Every day I learnt new wordsNew writing 2020-08-27
"I buried my secrets in the ground
Somebody elseNew writing 2020-08-27
"When we met, I was someone, we both never knew"
You are never to kill a snakeNew writing 2020-08-27
"Retreat, slowly, without turning around,
over the field, past the dam, past the baby cow crying in its pen"
Bible storyNew writing 2020-08-14
"Now, my Prince, I can hear your chariots
thundering towards the once sublime city
you left behind, and I tremble, my Prince"
LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "When justice meant the world had to stop, so Ayanda could dream" by Sumayya MohamedNew writing 2020-08-14
"And the people came together to lift South Africa up again. To love her again, appreciate her beauty and appreciate that they themselves were enough."
LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Brave" by Monnica RampineNew writing 2020-08-06
"I hope you forgive me, Ma. I thought this was the only way to make the pain go away."