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Nagapie

Die nagapie is my nuwe gunsteling diertjie. Het jy geweet hulle woon selfs in die stad? Ek het nie.

Ek het twee toevallig raakgesien toe ek een Maandagaand teen skemer met iemand onder ‘n doringboom staan en gesels. Ek sien uit die hoek van my oog hoe iets kleins rondspring in die boom.

“Haai! Kyk daar!”

Ek dog toe eers dis twee eekhorings, maar iemand deel my mee dat nee, dis waaragtig twee nagapies!

Ek sou nooit kon droom dat ek nagapies in die middel van Pretoria sou kry nie. Ek wonder waar hulle in die dag slaap, want dis nou nie juis baie stil hier in die stad nie. Baie honde wat blaf, alarms wat afgaan, taxis se toeters wat blêr, ens.

Ons het die Moreletapark Spruit wat deur Pretoria loop. Miskien kom hulle juis van daar af? Of dalk van Wolwespruit se kant?

‘n Volgende aand sien ek een weer en na-aap sy geroep. Hy stop en kyk my met sy uitpeuloë aan.

Hier is ‘n gedig wat ek geskryf het:

Die nagapies

Maandag skemer, die son sak
wip hulle rats van tak tot tak
uit die rigting van die kerk se dak.

Piepklein vlermuis-oor rakker
gevolg deur sy waaierstert makker.

Twee jakopeweroë loer vir my
soos ‘n nuuskierige agie.
Piepklein, piep-skree apie
maak toe kennis met die stadsjapie.

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Song titles poem

I wrote this poem during one of my sleepless nights. How many songs do you recognize?

Forever as one.
I’m with you
When your gone
Keep holding on.

Let it Rain.
Ashes to the wind.
The crisis.
Big my secret.
Breathe.

Forever and always
Love Story
You’re still the one
Kan nie (sonder jou)
Kom haal my

Baby, let’s play house
Love me tender
Let me be your Teddy Bear.

May it be
Only time (will tell)

When I fall in love
A beautiful mess
Bubbly
Crush

I could be the one
Lovegame
The real thing
White flag
I’d do anything
Crawling.

(You’re my) only one
I miss you
I give you my heart

I don’t know why
Feeling the same way

Darling I do
I don’t want to miss a thing

Lovefool
The way you make me feel
Woo hoo
All I do is dream of you
True love
Dreaming the same dream
To be with you
A kind of magic

You’re my best friend
Ja jy
Too damn hot

I wonder
I think of you.

Anne of Green Gables series

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I’ve been rereading the Anne series the past month or two. I’ve read till the sixth book once before and stopped, because our local library didn’t have the last two books in the series.

Now I’m borrowing my mom’s Kindle and reading it in e-book format.

I love L.M. Montgomery’s writing: it’s comfortable, cosy and homey. You can relate to her characters.

One thing I do wish though: is to read a nice thriller or murder mystery after all this sweetness.

  1. Anne of Green Gables – 5/5
    Back cover: People are surprised when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, both very set in their ways, decide to adopt an orphan boy. But no-one was more astonished than Marilla and Matthew themselves when the boy they are expecting turns out to be a very talkative, very imaginative, very red-headed, very female girl. Anne has arrived at Green Gables. Her adventures, dreams, sorrows and joys are set down here in one of the most popular books ever written.Characters: Diane Barry, Gilbert Blythe, Miss Barry (Diane’s grandmother), Miss Rachel Lynde, MIss Stacey (teacher), Josie Pye, Mrs Allan, Ruby Gillis, Jane.

Fav part in book: 

‘Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang forward a step and clasped her hands.
“You don’t want me!” she cried. “You don’t want me because I’m not a boy! I might have expected it. Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do? I’m going to burst into tears!”
Burst into tears she did.’
First published: 1908

2. Anne of Avonlea – 5/5
Back cover: Anne of Green Gables is now half-past sixteen, but is still the strongheaded and romantic heroine of the earlier book. Uncle Matthew has died (spoiler alert!), and Anne goes back to Avonlea to teach at her old school.
As romantic as ever, Anne’s new dream is the improvement of Avonlea, but this grownup ambition does not prevent her from falling into scrapes that seem to befall her in spite of best intentions. Every reader who enjoyed “Anne of Green Gables” will want to follow our heroine as she encounters new friends – the irascible old bachelor Mr Harrison, the impish twins Davy and Dora as well as the Lovely Lavendar Lewis

Other characters: Charlotta the Fourth, Mr Harrison’s pet parrot Ginger.

Some truths learned from the book: 
Miss Lavendar to Anne: “Sometimes, I think it is no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after a while and leave a hurt that is worse that the emptiness before they came.”

“This was succeeded by a queer, little lonely feeling… as if somehow Diana had gone forward into a new world, shutting a gate behind her leaving Anne on the outside.”

First published: 1909

3. Anne of the Island – 5/5
Back cover: Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She spent her childhood living with her grandmother in an old farmhouse, and began writing poems and stories at an early age. Many years later, her work came to be published regularly in numerous American periodicals. However, the worldwide success of “Anne of Green Gables”, first published in America in 1908, took her by surprise. She received thousands of readers’ letters, which inspired her to continue the stories of Anne, subsequently translated into many languages. L.M. Montgomery died in 1942.

Characters: Gog and Magog

Some truths from the book: 
“It’s never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.”

“Our friendship will be spoiled – if he goes on with this nonsense. It mustn’t be spoiled – I won’t let it. Oh, why can’t boys just be sensible!”

Ruby: “I’ll be homesick. Heaven must be very beautiful, of course, the Bible says so, but, Anne, it won’t be what I’m used to.”

Fav parts from the book: Chapter XVII A letter from Davy
‘It’s snowing some to-day and Marilla says the old woman in the sky is shaking her featherbeds. Is the old woman in the sky God’s wife, Anne? I want to know.
Mrs Lynde was awful mad the other day because I asked her if she was alive in Noah’s time. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. I just wanted to know. Was he Anne?
Why can ministers do what boys can’t? I want to know. I haven’t any more news.
Here are six kisses xxxxxx Dora send’s one. Here’s hers x
PS. Anne, who was the devil’s father? I want to know.’

And… Gilbert’s proposal (spoiler alert!)

First published: 1915

4. Anne of Windy Willows: 3/5
This must be the most boring of the all the books. It’s mostly about Anne being the principal at a school while she waits for Gilbert to finish studying for a doctor.

Characters: Elizabeth, Dusty Miller, Rebecca Dew, Aunt Chatty, Aunt Kate, The Pringles.

First published: 1936

5. Anne’s House of Dreams – 5/5
I remember reading this book in my final year of university. I was absolutely in love with the story – as was the second time.

Characters: Miss Cornelia Bryant, Captain Jim, Lost Margaret, Susan Baker: ‘Mrs Doctor, dear’, Leslie, Owen Ford

First published: 1917

6. Anne of Ingleside
Still busy rereading this book. Anne is married and has six children: Jem, Walter, twins Di and Nan, Shirley and Rilla. The stories are not so much about Anne any more but the trials and tribulations of her children.

First published: 1939

7. Rainbow Valley
The story of how Anne’s children grows up continues. Very sweet and funny. 

Characters: Mary Vance, The Meredith children.

Fav quote: “A faint blue haze rested on the eastern hill, over which a great, pale, round moon was just floating up like a silver bubble.”

First published: 1919

8. Rilla of Ingleside
This was definitely my favourite book of the series. Anne’s children are all grown up and the First World War breaks out. Some of her boys go away to war and some don’t return. The story revolves around what her youngest, Rilla, experiences.

Characters: Dog Monday, Walter “Rilla-my-Rilla”, mention of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination.

Fav quotes: “her soul was like being tied to the stake because of the suffering of the world around her.”

“When we forget God, He remembers us.”

“Everybody believed that the next thing he would say, church or no church, would be something that would be spelt with asteriks…”

First published:  1921

 

Just another random Dada poem

This poem is written using Elimination. You take a random page from any book and eliminate all the words you don’t want to use and leave the rest where they were placed on the page.

I bet you’ll never guess from which book I got this page from:

 

Aids                           missionary

                                  reflections

                                                   red

                                    pale




                                   still, crimson
                                             mirror-like

                                          stir




sober                                step                        deep.

 

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

It felt like forever trying to finish this book. But I daresay it’s my own fault. The only time I give myself to read is just before I go to bed every night.

With these classics I find it harder to keep an attention span. Have you ever noticed how these writers never can seem to get to the point? Blah, blah, blah I would read two pages and end up falling asleep and the next night I would do it all over again. Except, that I couldn’t remember what I read the previous night!

And no, I did not watch the film first so I didn’t really have a clue what the book was going to be about.

What I did like: This book has some wonderful ideas of which I’m not going to go into right now seeing as I do not want to spoil anything except… I wonder if the website Yahoo got it’s name from the book?

I’m not really sure why though, but this book kind of reminded me of “The Phantom Tollbooth”.

Back cover:
When a kindly ship’s surgeon, Lemuel Gulliver, sets on several voyages from England, he has no idea of the fantastic adventures – and misadventures – he will have. Violent storms, shipwrecks, mutiny and pirate attacks lead him to remote places populated by strange and amazing beings.

During his travels, Gulliver discovers that these incredible creatures are very different from anyone he has met before. He soon wonders whether he’ll fit in or feel at home in any of these astonishing places.

Join Gulliver in Lilliput, where he finds himself held captive by a race of miniature people; in Brobdingnag, a country populated by giants; in the little island of Glubbdubdrib, where historic figures like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar talk to him; and in an unknown land that’s ruled by the Houyhnhnms, a breed of superior horses who find humanlike creatures repulsive.

By turns funny and frightening, Gulliver’s Travels will introduce you to some of the most outlandish and memorable creatures ever invented.

First published: 1726

Rating: 4/5

The Shack – William P. Young

I think the first time I’ve read this book was in 2009. One of my friends lent it to me.

Last year, I noticed a copy for sale at our local library. I bought it and lent it to the guard at work. He loves to read and he loved this book.

I then decided to reread it, because I could only remember snippets of the story.

Unfortunately, not everyone will like this story. My grandfather hated it, because he couldn’t accept that God may take on the form of a black woman.

I’ve also noticed they’ve turned it into a movie. Wonder how that turned out?

Backcover:

Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his ‘Great Sadness’, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant ‘The Shack’ wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answer Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

What I liked about the book: The book is essentially about forgiveness. God, in the story, wants to save Mack from himself, from his bitterness. He wants to release him from his burden, his ‘Great Sadness’.

It teaches us that forgiving someone doesn’t mean you forget or that you have to trust that person again. ‘Forgiveness does not establish a relationship’ (p.225).

Forgiveness is also a journey, it’s not instant and you may need God’s help to forgive.

What I didn’t like: When I first read it, I believed it was based on true story. When you read the story, you really want it to be real. But when I found out it was just fiction, I was disappointed.

First published: 2007

Rating: 5/5

 

The Villanelle from hell

Writing a villanelle
I’m stumbling over the fixed rhyme
the poem from hell

I’m thrown into a prison cell
my sorry efforts the crime
writing a villanelle.

The poet is under an evil spell
while the devil rolls the die:
the poem from hell.

How long now, who can tell?
Frankly, who has the time?
writing a villanelle.

Demons are sounding the bell
the poet maketh a frustrated cry
the poem from hell.

The awful sound of the knell
Ding dong the end is nigh.
Writing a villanelle
the poem from hell.

The Moonchildren Villanelle

The reason why I didn’t do Napowrimo this year, is because I wanted to challenge myself by trying to write a fixed rhyme poem. I chose the villanelle.

A villanelle is a French verse form consisting of 19 lines arranged in five three-line verses and a final four-line verse. Only two rhymes are used. Line 1 is repeated in line 6, 12 and 18 and line 3 is repeated in line 9, 15 and 19 (The Works 8 by John Foster).

Well, it’s not perfect yet, but here it is:

The Moonchildren Villanelle

Once a month, night turns to day
you will witness a curious sight*
the moonchildren come out to play

The moonlight is a sun’s ray
the moonchildren’s torn clothes white*
once a month, night turns to day.

Frolicking barefoot they stray
up to all kinds of mischief on the night
the moonchildren come out to play.

Not a care in the world, they go about their way
the full moon is shining bright
once a month, night turns to day.

How I long to join them. Do you think I may?
my dreams take flight*
the moonchildren come out to play.

Tell the Moon to wait, to stay
one day I might persuade, they might sway.**
Once a month, night turns to day
the moonchildren come out to play.

*These lines still need a little work.

I’m already working on my next poem about how I hated writing a villanelle, hahaha!

**Oops! I only realised the other day that I made a mistake. The rhyming scheme for the last verse should be abaa not 4 a’s! Here is the alternative line:

one day I might persuade, one day they might…

Slaughterhouse five – Kurt Vonnegut

I was somewhat disappointed. Maybe it was the title, but I expected it to be more horrific, gory even. I never imagined that it would read like a science fiction novel.

What I found interesting is the fact that the book is a meta-narrative semi-autobiography, because it is based on author Kurt Vonnegut’s own experience in Dresden.

I was confused and kept thinking that maybe, perhaps I had the wrong book in hand. But what are the chances that there are two books called ‘Slaughterhouse Five’?

It was hard to tell when the Billy Pilgrim character was telling the truth or hallucinating. Was he really abducted by aliens, was he really a time traveller or was it just all in his head?

I also kept thinking why ‘Billy Pilgrim’? Pilgrim creates the idea that the character is on a journey to discovery.

Backcover: Billy Pilgrim returns from World War II to a comfortable life and loving family, but the damage is already done. Unable to reconnect with his life, Billy has become “unstuck” in time and bounces from one decade to another, reliving moments of his life, unable to control where he will end up next. Slaughterhouse-Five treats one of the most horrific massacres in European history—the World War II firebombing of Dresden, a city in eastern Germany, on February 13, 1945—with mock-serious humor and clear antiwar sentiment (Source: sparknotes).

First published: 1969

Rating: 3/5

 

Women who run with the wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Back cover: The writer is a Jungian psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of the old stories), of many years standing. She reveals how within every woman there lives a Wild Woman, filled with passionate creativity and ageless knowing – but repressed for centuries by a value system that trivializes emotional truth, intuitive wisdom and instinctual self-confidence. Dr Estés’s extraordinary and enriching bestseller shows how, through her foremost interpretation of story and her psychological commentary, we can reclaim, and rejoice in, our true feminine power – how we can awaken within the depths of our souls one who is both magic and medicine.

Someone recommended this book to me, because of one of the stories that features in the book: The Skeleton Woman. She also told me to watch this adaptation of the story.

The first time I saw it, it was very spooky and unnerving. It’s almost as if something deep inside my soul was stirring and awakening. I dare you to watch it!

Some of the other stories that Estés touches on also feels somewhat familiar. Bluebeard is very similar to the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”. Not the Disney version though.

Also The Red Shoes also seems very familiar almost as if I’ve heard or seen the story before. Or maybe it is because when I was a little girl I had a pair of red boots once. I loved those boots. In The Red Shoes the herione becomes obsessed with a pair of red shoes, mostly because it is taken away from her.

Estés uses the wolf as a methaphor because according to her “healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: playful spirit, devotion, strength but also hunted and harassed.”

The only thing that bothered me about these types of books is that with the last 100 pages you start resenting it. There is just too much information to work through. It took me a month to finish this book.

Apparently this book is meant for a study group or a book club, something you can read and reread over a long period of time.

First published: 1992

Rating: 5/5