December 17, 2021 by petrujviljoen

I carry no spear nor kierie but for
working the pen and the brush I
hail the storms and calm of nature
and speak to the matters at hand
as is fitting to the healing of
the person and the nation, to the
land I belong; that never was mine

34 thoughts on “Kwansaba

  1. I agree with the closing and does the land really belong to anyone?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven’t seen you for too long. I hope 2022 is off to a good start for you.


  2. You’ve mastered the form! A thought-provoking write!

  3. sanaarizvi says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous write! 💝💝

  4. Oh, that closing… I love it…

  5. Lucy says:

    Love, love, love that closer!

  6. calmkate says:

    powerful poem with a real sense of the profound

  7. Suzanne says:

    I like the sentiments you have expressed here. It is strange to have a deep connection to land our forebears colonised. I feel it to but can not claim to be connected to Australian aboriginal culture and don’t want to steal their culture from them. They have lost so much already.

  8. Grace says:

    I admire the tribute to the healing of the person and the land. That ending line caught me.

    Happy New Year!!!!

  9. memadtwo says:

    I agree with Jane about the last line. (K)

  10. Seven lines/seven words each, a poem form I’ve not heard of, thanks. Existentialist—”thrownness”—but upbeat, that’s good.

  11. robtkistner says:

    May the joy of the season fill your heart here at the closing if the year 2021, and may peace abide in 2022. This is a most difficult time for our planet earth, and a time of turmoil for its peoples. May 2022 begin the way back! ✌🏼❤️🌎

  12. s.s. says:

    I love …i hail the storms and calm of nature…lovely!

  13. ShiraDest says:

    Continue to use the pen,
    and to defend,
    my Brother in Arms


  14. Nan Mykel says:

    Love it! Wish I’d said that.

  15. Killer of a last line.

  16. Helen Dehner says:

    Your poem is lovely and written with deep feeling ~~~~

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