Toeris

Toeris

a poem in Afrikaans by Janie Davel

Fog City, 2018. Photograph by Lisa Waddell

Fog City, 2018. Photograph by Lisa Waddell

Ek loop deur die strate van jou hart

soos ‘n vreemdeling in ‘n onbekende stad…

Soos ‘n toeris weggevoer deur die prag

van ‘n ander land…

Soms stap ek soos ‘n bekende in ‘n klein dorpie

en vind ek maklik toegang tot die kamers van jou hart…

Soms dwaal ek tussen nou en waar ons was

met ‘n boeksak vol stories

en klere in my tas.

Gee my ietsie van jou

Gee my ‘n oomblik saam met jou

Gee my iets om in my hart se hande te hou

Ek hoor hoe jou woorde deur my hart sif

Deur elke traan en elke skeur

sodat ek weer iets asemrowend oor die lewe kan leer

Ek stap deur die strate van jou hart

opsoek na ‘n plek om rustig te sit.

Skep ek ‘n beeld soos in ‘n storie?

Ek weet of jy my hoor nie?

Maar jy maal deur my gedagtes

Jy raak aan my hart

Jy kom lê soos heuning in my mond…

~~English Translation~~

Tourist

a poem by Janie Davel

I walk the streets of your heart

like a stranger in an unfamiliar city...

Like a tourist captivated by the beauty of a distant land... 

I sometimes find a way to your heart 

as though you know me well.

And I'm sometimes lost between where we were and where we are now

as a travel with a backpack filled with stories, clothes and memories

Give me just a little bit of you

Give me a moment with you

Give me something to treasure in this fragile heart 

You taught me to once again see the beauty of life

Through every tear you told me I have nothing to fear

I walk the streets of your heart

searching for a place to rest

Are we nothing but a story? 

Do you even hear me?

But you permeate my mind

You touch my heart

You are honey on my tongue...  

To read more from Janie Davel, visit her Facebook page here.

To view more work by the photographer, Lisa Waddell, please visit her website at www.lisamariewaddell.art or follow her on Instagram @lisa_marie_waddell.


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