In 2008 I discovered poet De Waal Venter and enlisted in a poetry course with him which gave me a new perspective; both to writing and reading poetry. My tutor became my friend and mentor, and what I have learned has opened a wonderful new world to me.

Here then, as my very first guest blogger on my WordPress blog; a poem from De Waal, and a photograph by this talented and inspiring man.

Germane to magic

Juggling adroitly
with seven water
the magician
what to do next
to astound his audience.

He considered constructing
a table cloth
from the morning’s
muted pigeon calls,
but decided that
was old hat.

A thought occurred to him,
and he smiled.
Why not make something real come true?

At that he approached a friend of his
who intensely disliked his neighbour,
and whispered in his ear.

Expressions of confusion, sorrow, joy
and decision crossed his friend’s face.

I will now go and shake my neigbour’s hand,
he said. I did not realise
he was me.

Photograph and poem, copyright De Waal Venter


12 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. granny1947 says:

    Good Morning Cindy…lovely poem…thank you.
    How are you surviving the Poms?

  3. Supa says:

    Morning! Nice work from De Waal.

  4. Madmom says:

    I enjoyed that.
    Have a super week, Cindy.

  5. That was beautiful. opened up images…….

  6. SatyaKam says:

    The last line is a surprise!

  7. adeeyoyo says:

    How nice it would be if we could see ourselves as others do. I liked this very much!

  8. opoetoo says:

    I loved it at his blog and I love it here.
    I have one guinea ,I had 11 but foxes and coyotes got the rest of them.

  9. slpmartin says:

    An excellent poem to share…I again got to enjoy it over my morning coffee. 😉

  10. dewaldus says:

    Simply stunning…….

  11. Jingle says:

    three poetry awards,
    4 general awards…
    Enjoy the moment.
    Thank you for the contribution on poetry..

  12. nrhatch says:

    Loved the poem, loved the photo!

    Thanks for sharing them here, Cindy

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