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
with seven water
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