Monthly Archives: January 2016

To essay is to try

Photographic: De Waal Venter To essay is to try Everything is written. Sunshine is written in leaves, in the green ink not needed for growth. . Trees are written in the alphabet of trunk and twigs, punctuated by fine twiglet … Continue reading

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Deeply meaningful nonsense

Photo: De Waal Venter Deeply meaningful nonsense I am housing my thoughts in an oldish building, with a garden containing patches of vegetables. . I will fish meaning out of the suburban sprawl, hook some truths out of the trekking … Continue reading

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Believe when you look away

Photo: De Waal Venter   Believe when you look away Old stones why are you smiling like that? Heft. You can’t dothat. Young women can. That brat with his fat fist can. . There aren’t any young stones are there? … Continue reading

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Ry op die silwer fiets

Fotografika: De Waal Venter Ry op die silwer fiets Spore van die silwer fiets is skaars so wyd soos ’n duim. Sy speke klits die lig soos hulle draai in die son. Die handvatsels is elegant gekronkel, die horings van … Continue reading

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Engage

Engage Sharply the thrush thrusts his note, a sword slides singing out of its scabbard. . The day is his servant who carries on its wide white hands all that can be desired to eat and drink. . The wind … Continue reading

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Believe when you look away

Photo: De Waal Venter Believe when you look away Old stones why are you smiling like that? Heft. You can’t do that. Young women can. That brat with his fat fist can. . There aren’t any young stones are there? … Continue reading

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Colourful life

Colourful life Red has a velvety feel, pleasantly warm like a cat’s stomach; it purrs when you stroke it. . White smells like a ripe pear cut open, its flesh moist, slightly grained with miniscule little gemstones; it gives you … Continue reading

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To contain

Photographic: De Waal Venter To contain It’s been empty for many years now. Will it ever hold anything again? The greenish swirl of olive oil, or some swarthy balsamic vinegar. Perhaps water from a mountain spring with tiny flecks of … Continue reading

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Neruda en die see

Photo: De Waal Venter El mar Un solo ser, pero no hay sangre. Una sola caricia, muerte o rosa. Die see ’n Enkele wese, maar daar is geen bloed. ’n Enkele streling, dood of roos. Die see kom en herenig … Continue reading

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The Turing Test

What the Turing Test can be used for You see a lot more when you close your eyes: that leopard with his velvet smile, his yellow body tattooed with purple spots. . You see a toadstool, white as an immaculate … Continue reading

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