A weekend in the Drakensberg

This last weekend we went to the Drakensberg to celebrate the upcoming birthday of my darling spouse. It was beautiful, peaceful and rejuvenating.

After a quick 6 hour drive we arrive at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge which lies on the borders of KwaZulu Natal, the Free State and Lesotho. It is certainly the closest one can come to heaven on earth, but don’t take my word for it look at these photos…

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Photos taken by my very talented father in law. All rights reserved.

#ProjectPoetry 5

You don’t know what #ProjectPoetry is? Surely this isn’t the first time you’re reading one of my poems. If it is, then go read the last 4 poems posted under the heading #ProjectPoetry and you’ll have all the explanation you need.

This weeks poem has the theme of animals as chosen by Flat White Concepts

Previous poem by CupcakeMummy here.

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Pet

Looking past this place
Through the ever mist
Half closed eyes
Jungle, rich and verdant
Breathes a slow echoing rhythm
Only wild things understand

The sun feels the same
Fur gleams warm,
Perched on man laid stone
Or swaying bower

Homage to lithe predator
Lays dormant in sinuous curves
From scythe and claw
From impatient tail
From liquid golden gaze

#ProjectPoetry 4

Previous poem by CupcakeMummy

#ProjectPoetry is a creative writing collaboration between 4 bloggers; GreenLydia, Flat White Concepts, CupcakeMummy and myself.

Every week we each write a poem. The first line of the poem comes from a highlighted line in the previous poets poem.

so without further ado…

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To be seen

Mounds of flesh an epiphany
Hands that discover,
In supplication,
Those hidden spaces
Curves and straight planes

Gentle susurration of
Whispered devotions
To clothe skin left too bare
A mind laid naked
A body acquiesces

Reading history in Braille
Staccato of scars and soul
That smooth under confident caress
Transmuted
By intimate alchemy

#ProjectPoetry 3

So, yeah if you’re new to the #ProjectPoetry posts, here’s the skinny.

#ProjectPoetry is a creative writing project written in collaboration by 4 bloggers, a poem a week, 4 weeks.

Each poem starts with a line from the previous poets poem.

My iPad is an asshole and refuses to let me paste hyperlinks to my blog posts so please check the end of this post for a links to the previous poems.

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Smile…

Smile like it’s alright
Hold perfect poise
Don’t let the mask slide

Smile
to ease other’s concern
Nothing to see here
Nothing to learn

Learn how to carry it
Curled up
by your eyes
Smile lines can hold a perfect disguise

Though when the mask slips
And the cracks begin showing
You can not be angry at them for
not
knowing

A smile as a mask
A smile as defenses
A smile to hide darkness
A smile
that
eventually
….
….
falters

Cupcake Mummy – http://cupcakemummy.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/projectpoetry-round-3/

Flat White Concepts – http://theflatwhiteblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/projectpoetry-3/

GreenLydia – http://greenlydia.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/project-poetry-week-3/