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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Stiltetyd


Stiltetyd

Vanuit die veld hoor ek my God roep
"Môre my kind. Kom sit. Gesels."
Maar ek jaag verby, want ek is haastig"
Nie nou nie. Later. Nou moet ek eers ..."

Lunch time hoor ek God roep bo die geskarrel
"Middag my kind. Kom sit. Gesels."
Maar ek is haastig. Daar's 'n lys met 'n duisend dinge
"Nie nou nie. Later. Nou moet ek eers ..."

Vasgevang in die laatmiddagverkeer, hoor ek God roep
"Middag my kind. Jy sit nou. Kom ons gesels."
Maar dis belangriker om te hoor wat die radio oor die traffic sê
"Nie nou nie. Later. Ek wil nou eers by die huis kom."

Met die huis versorg is daar tyd om voor die tv te ontspan
"Naand my kind. Noudat jy sit, kan ons mos maar gesels."
Maar ek is moeg, nie lus vir skuldgevoelens of nuwe opdragte nie
"Net nie nou nie. Miskien môre. Ek wil net bietjie rus."

En dan bars 'n bom in my netjies geordende lewe
en alles wat ek vertrou lê in chaos en ek bal my vuis na bo
"Waar was U dat U dit nie kon verhoed nie? Te besig?!"
Maar soos ek die woorde bulder, voel ek die klag aan my eie lyf

"Vader!"
"My kind."
"Is U nog daar?"
"Altyd my kind. Kom sit. Gesels."

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Too late


This poem was written for a friend who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in her early 20's without anyone suspecting that she had problems with her heart.
Hierdie gedig is geskryf vir 'n vriendin wat onverwags dood is aan 'n hartaanval in haar vroeë 20's, sonder dat enige iemand besef het dat sy hartprobleme het.

Too late
(A letter to Mariet)
What can be said to a friend who is dead?
How can time lost be rerun?
How do you silence the voice in your head
or make up for the things left undone?

The years since we spoke became many and long.
I kept putting off calling 'till later,
but later has come and now you are gone
and it's a feeling of regret that I cater.

Only after your death did I learn how I failed you,
did I learn how you needed my time.
I never knew all the troubles you went through,
but I wish I could have made some of them mine.

When you got married I was too busy to attend.
When you were buried I didn't even know.
My congratulations through the mail I could send,
but my condolences, to whom will I show?

"Too late! Too late!" the voice keeps repeating
and the tears in my heart I can't cry,
but inside me my heart is weeping.
I'll now have to wait 'till I die.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Drome


Drome

Ons droom van jonkwees
Ons droom van trou
Ons droom van menswees
Maar ons droom nooit van rou

Ons hoop op geluk
Ons mik na liefde
Maar onder die lewensjuk
Word ons laag afgedruk

Ons hou op om te droom
Ons verloor alle hoop
Dit word 'n oorlewingstryd
waarin ons mekaar uitbuit

Vergeet van jouself
Vergewe die ander
Hou jou oog op jou God
Hy kan jou lewe verander.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Monday, 24 July 2017

The twins


The twins

The two of you a unity
a proof to every person
that laughter lingers ever
on the faces of God's children.

In spite of hardship, pain and turmoil,
during your growing years,
you came through victorious
where others would sow tears.

This is an ode to show respect
for your uncanny toughness.
You kept your smiles all the while,
despite life's heavy roughness.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Gedagtegange


Gedagtegange

Jou praat gaan sit in my kop,
hy maak nuwe paadjies oop
en my vorige dink lyk verstop
langs die nuwe dink se loop.
My weet word nuut geskep
my ken word ongedaan.
Waarom was ek dan so behep
met gister se verstaan?
Met my nuwe logika in plek
rig ek my werk en huis nuut in
net om van vooraf te ontdek
hoe ek gedink het, maak tog sin.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Blessed assurance


Today's poem was written in response to a number of prophecies I've received from God. Even though the poem claims that I've met the man, this was not the case when I wrote the poem. I was looking toward the future when I wrote the poem.

Blessed Assurance

Dad, today I met the man who will take me from your house.
I know this is a thought that you have dreaded all these years,
but I was praying that he'd be a friend to you, this spouse
and God had answered true to relinquish all your fears.

Dad, he is a man of character, who knows how to be kind,
he has a firm believe in peace and family and is a friend of God.
He is funny, hard-working, patient and a challenge to my mind.
He is the only man, besides you, to whom I'll trust my heart.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Incubating life


Incubating life

Having returned from a three week painting holiday, I had a small hill of washing that needed ironing. The magnitude of the task was enough to render me defeated. After all, I had seen the men in my life hire earth moving equipment to move mounds of soil outside the house, that were comparable in size! Yet, my tenacious attitude would not allow me to admit defeat and I took to the task with vigour. Those who heard me mumbling under my breath, followed by heavy sighs, and looks of desperation, may have misinterpreted my vigour for loathing, but I can assure you that a lot of energy went into the emotion, whichever version you prefer to believe.
To make the task pass less painfully, I switched the telly on and hopped through a bouquet of entertainment that neither reminded me of a bunch of lovely flowers, nor convinced me that the term entertainment served the purpose. Yet, I managed to find a movie I would not mind watching a second time and returned to the ironing. I should explain that I had set up the ironing board in the middle of the lounge to make the chore as entertaining as it could possibly be.
My movie of choice was Eat, Pray, Love. This inevitably led to me shouting life coaching advice to Julia Roberts at a pitch reminiscent of South Africans watching the 1995 World Cup Rugby game. I ate my way through Italy with her, scolded her all the while she was praying to the wrong god, and completely missed the plot when she finally found love.
This was because a mobile phone had forced its interference upon my perfectly planned day. My mom answered the phone, and utterly oblivious to the fact that I was watching a movie, seated herself in the lounge to have a conversation that lasted almost the whole of the third chapter of the movie.
By this time, I had inundated Julia with so much life-altering advice that it hardly seemed to matter if I followed her to the end of her quest. She would be just fine if she heeded only half of the things I told her. Instead, I unashamedly eavesdropped on the conversation my mom was having. Now, this was entertaining! Have you ever listened to two women engrossed in a conversation? Even if you can only hear one side of the conversation, it promises to be good. It is like a really good trailer to a movie. The exclamations range between surprise, joy, unbelief, shock, horror, back to joy, escalating to ecstasy, dropping to sympathy, and coming full circle back to surprise. By the time the call ended, I was literally burning with curiosity. Who was it that called? What did they say? What news was there to share? Was it war, divorce, an epidemic, did someone die? I had to know!
Inevitably, the answer would be something mundane. Surprise at the identity of the caller. After all, it was mere days since the last time they spoke. Joy at being reunited, if only over the phone. Unbelief at how hot the temperatures had become this summer. Shock that predictions indicated that temperatures could rise even higher. Horror, to think that the schools expected the much-adored grandchildren to be out in this kind of weather. Joy, that at least the mothers took great care in treating their skins with sun block before they left the house. Ecstasy over the fact that someone, who they could not recall right now, were going to have another baby. Sympathy with the fact that she would have to start the pyjama drill all over again at her age. Surprise at where the time had gone while they were chatting over the phone.
The conversation trailer was much better than the actual conversation. Much like many a movie I had made a point of seeing, after having watched the trailer. The whole day’s events left me perplexed about the psyche of the female of the species. Why did we take things so much to heart? We seemed to feel deeper than the males who appeared to have the ability to simply shrug life off. It was as if we had to inhale the emotions first, taste it with our inward parts, pass it from one organ to the next, and even incubate it, before we were ready to let it go.
Just then, Julia was ready to sail off into the sunset with her Don Juan, I had reached the bottom of the mound of clothes, and some wonderful smells were emerging from the kitchen. So, I did what the men do. I shrugged all of these deep concerns off and hastened to kitchen, where I ate, prayed and loved with my family.
Us women, we incubate life, for life is born from our bodies. We take life seriously, but we are resilient that way. There is no need to avoid our emotions. We face them and deal with them, because we can. So next time you hear a woman’s exclamations over a mundane life, remember that women value all life, be it mundane, or not, for we are the ones who incubated it.

An original essay by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike essay deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Woord-paaie


Woord-paaie

Ek haas my verby woorde wat saakmaak
om myself te verstrik in dinge wat min traak.
Ek laat na om te dink en te peins voor ek praat
en laat my weglei in belang van ‘n ander vraat.

In my haas het ek vergeet dat my woorde ons bou
en dat jou woorde alleen ons nie staande kan hou,
dat jy my met jou woede-woorde wil bedwing
voordat my besig-wees my ewig van jou wring.

Ek is haastig, ek moet gaan, die wêreld gaan nie wag
en ek is weg en nie meer daar, en dit word elke dag.
Dan kom ek eendag tuis en ek roep jou by die naam,
maar die jy wat was, is weg, en ek’s alleen, al is ons saam.

Stadig stap ek in my woorde terug, soek hakkelend die pad
waarmee ek jou aan die hart kan raak om aan jou siel te vat.
Onseker, skil jy skanse af om na my terug te keer,
wyfel telkens, weeg, besluit, of jy weer wil probeer.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Vir die on-mier


Vir die on-mier

Krukke, krokke, krone,
my bene soek verskone
om my nie te dra nie,
sodat jy my nie pla nie.

Ienie, mienie, maainie,
die werk is nie so taai nie
en as jy nie wil saai nie
sal jy ook nie maai nie.

Tikke, tokke, takke,
dan sal jy maar moet pakke;
hier kan jy nie woon nie,
want ek is nie beloon nie.

Oggie, soggie, joggie,
dan moet ek op ‘n toggie
want hierdie lekker blyplek,
was toe nooit ‘n vry plek!

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys).'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys).

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Rudder of life


Rudder of life

You speak words of wisdom
They linger in my ear
Like a melodious rhythm,
the sound of them is dear.

The beauty of your language,
lies in the truth you speak.
They do not utter damage,
or leave your mouth too quick.

You edify in ways unknown
you offer words of praise.
It is this sort of kindness shown,
I'll treasure all my days.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Ontoereikende menswees


Ontoereikende menswees
Vanaand jaag my kop op verwarde paaie
en loop met my onrustige, seerkry draaie
wanneer ek dink oor jou en my en die ander ding;
die ding wat hom weerbarstig in my slaap indring.
Hoeveel seerkry en terugslae kan ‘n mens verdra,
voordat hy breek, of knak, of sommer net verslae
bly sit met al die pyn van al die dae se hoor en kla?

Met my arms om jou, wil ek jou nader trek
en jou kop help om hierdie sake te verwerk.
Jou hart wil ek in my woorde-troos toevou,
en ek wil jou wegkeer van hierdie koue grou,
wat dreig om als en almal met hom saam te sleur,
rondgekolk en omgewoel en uitmekaar geskeur,
magteloos teen die ondenkbare wat hier gebeur.

Hoe help ek jou, wat altyd ander help in hulle pyn,
om hierdie aanslag uit die eie te maak verdwyn?
Moet ek luister, moet ek praat, of is dit slegs gebed
wat in hierdie donker uur, jou uit die nood kan red?
“Vader, laat hierdie beker dan verbygaan, as U wil,”
roep ek my frustrasie na bo, sonder enige benul
dat Hy wat elke pyn verstaan, ook hierdie een kan stil.

In Sy palms met bloed bevlek, staan jou eie naam
langs die van jou geliefdes gegraveer, onbeskaam
erken deur Hom wat ons wat soek nooit weg sal stuur
maar krag voorsien dat ons ook hierdie kan verduur.
“Waar sal ons hulp vandaan kom?” wil ons weet
terwyl ons Hom in die oë kyk en tydelik vergeet
wat Hy reeds betaal het – ook vir hierdie uur se leed.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

The unwanted loved ones


The unwanted loved ones

You asked me not to love them
You asked me not to care
You told me just to leave them,
but that I couldn't bear.

They may not be in my charge
They may not be my own,
but they're the ones to whose charge
my love has made me prone.

You say it's not my problem
You say I must pass by,
But if it's not my problem,
then whose is it, I cry?

I cannot turn my head away
I cannot close my eyes
I cannot simply walk away,
because of empty lies.

If they're the ones along my path
If they're the ones I'm shown,
I'll pick them up along my path
and make their cares my own.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Akkuut eensaam


Akkuut eensaam

Vanaand sit alleenwees akkuut in my lyf vas
en dit druk teen my hart se kamers vir uitkom,
maar enkel-mens bly ek vreemd onaangetas,
dog steeds belas, deur elke mens ver-stom.
My woorde reik nie uit, maar soek na binne
ewig tastend na gevoelens wat mense raak,
na gedagtes wat waarde sal gee aan sinne,
maar ek tas verniet want emosies lê braak.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Unrequited love & Absence


Today I share two poems inspired by young love.

Unrequited love

My heart aches with the pain of longing
for something I don't understand.
Maybe a fear I have of losing
the guidance of your loving hand.

Absence

Today I had to leave my love behind
... and how my heart aches with pain!
I toss and turn and cannot sleep,
I count the days till our reunion
and find them way too many.

I long for your touch, I pine for your words,
I want to see the beauty of your face.
How can a day filled with your fullness
become so desolate and bleak?
And empty of your presence.

Today my body had to leave,
but my soul stayed behind.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Vreemde bemindes


Vreemde bemindes

My lyf het op ver plekke gaan draai
waar hoë winde waai
en lae vlaktes ver reik
om my van nader te bekyk.

My voete het vreemde paaie geloop
om my van my kind te stroop
Teerpad, grondpad, doringpad
en sommer waterlangs het ek rigting gevat.

My hande het aan vreemde dinge gevoel
wyl my verstand met vreemde klanke woel
my mond nuwe smake ontdek
en my neus die geure oopvlek.

Plekke, mense en gewoontes was ongewoon
en tog was elke nuwe plek se groot vertoon
alreeds bekend en reeds bemind
wanneer ek ‘n kennis in ‘n onbekende vind.

So vind ek dan bemindes
tussen vreemde eensgesindes,
en strooi my hart soos saad
na elkeen wat ek agterlaat

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A lesson in quietness


A lesson in quietness

It is in our stillness that we learn the most
We find in there no cause to boast,
no pride, no scorn, no selfish air,
but merely truthfulness so bare.

It is in our stillness that we learn to weep
for things that hurt us in our deep,
for things of pain and shame and lack,
we face our deepest, darkest black.

It is in our stillness that we learn to see
what good is there in you and me,
what good to reap, to keep, to share,
to show to others everywhere.

It is in our stillness that we learn to pray
the things that God wants us to say,
the things of duty, want and trust,
a treasure that will never rust.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Impak


Impak

Waarom is dit dat diefstal en inbraak verligte uitdrukkings ontlok?
Waarom word gelukkig gekoppel aan darem nie dood of verkrag nie?
Weet jy nie dat jy nie net my goed gevat het nie, maar ook my lewe,
toe jy ongenooid in my huis ingestap het, dit gevat het waaraan ek waarde heg,
my in die skuld gedompel het deur my kaarte en identiteit te steel,
my rondgestamp het, gedreig het met geweld, en my sekuriteit geroof het?
Finansieël, het jy my tyd gesteel, maar emosioneel het jy my vryheid gesteel,
sodat ek vandag agter grendels leef in my huis en in my kop,
terwyl jy vry rondloop en my, my familie en my vriende gedienstig in pas sweepslag.
En wanneer ons teen die pas rebelleer, herinner ons verkose regering,
met die mees liberale en demokratiese grondwet in die wêreld,
ons daaraan dat jou regte en vryhede respek geniet,
en dat my belastingsent daarvoor sal betaal indien jy my rykdom verkwis het.

Maar diefstal is ‘n ‘victimless crime’ in ‘n land wat tooiwoorde skep,
waarmee versekeringsmaatskappye verryk en multipliseer, en daar vergeet word
dat monetêre waarde nie die maat is waarmee ons menswees bepaal word nie.
Ek wil vandag namens jou slagoffers opstaan en jou inlig dat jou dade ‘n impak het op
my, my familie, my vriende, die ekonomie en die samelewing.
Ons is nie tevrede met jou nie, en is van plan om ons land terug te eis,
eienaarskap daaroor uit te spreek, en stelselmatig van jou en jou gepeupel ontslae te raak.
Dan gaan ons tooiwoorde skep waarmee ons Suid-Afrika ‘victimless’ verklaar
en ons gaan agter ons sesvoet mure uitkruip en ons vervreemde bure leer ken,
en verlig wees in ons denke en ons regte, terwyl gelukkig weer regmatig gebruik word.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

Dave's story


Dave's story

Dave once overheard a rumour
that to score a girl you had to have humour.
He thought about it for quite a while,
before he made it his new style.

He visited Nella on a neighbouring farm
where he first tested his newfound charm.
He arrived there covered from head to foot
in the burnt-out ashes of a chimney's soot.

Despite the fact that he was riding a bull
that snorted and grunted, he retained his cool.
He said he would have arrived there faster,
only the bull proved to be his own master.

"On the way over I made a bet
with a tiny little man whom I've never met.
He said if I could ride his bull,
that I could have it plus some wool.

"I instantly accepted his proposition
and that's how I came to this condition.
I clambered upon this here bull's back
and started it off with a great big whack.

"The strangest things you've ever heard,
are the events that followed when that occurred.
The bull gave a jolt and we were off
leaving completely behind us the little dwarf.

"Well, I rode this bull for a full hour
when suddenly it stopped at a beautiful flower.
I plucked a petal from this rose,
my truelove over here to shows.

"But as I stooped, a blinding light
momentarily robbed me of my sight.
This here bull must have had a fright,
'cause it ran away in a terrible flight.

"We came to stop in a burned out shed,
which would explain the colour of my head.
In this shed I found a thing
most suitable my love to bring.

"This here bull is for your Paw
and this here wool is for your Maw.
But the thing that I for my love bring,
is this here beautiful wedding ring.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Minderjarige aborsie


Minderjarige aborsie
(In reaksie op ‘n SAUK uitsending rakende die onderwerp)

Jy het die reg om stil te bly,
jy het die reg tot lewe,
jy het die reg tot jou liggaam.
Jy het die reg tot vreugde?

Jy het stilte geforseer,
jy het die reg tot lewe ontneem,
jy het die liggaam uitgevee.
Jy het vreugde in ‘n waste emmer laat sit en in die grond verseël.

Hoe proe stilte?
Hoe smaak lewe?
Hoe geniet jy jou liggaam?
Beoefen jy die reg tot vreugde?

Is jy al oud genoeg om te weet dat probleme opgelos kan word?
Is jy al oud genoeg om te weet dat hierdie oomblik nie die res van jou lewe is nie?
Is jy al oud genoeg om te weet waar en hoe om alternatiewe oplossings te vind?
Is jy al oud genoeg om oor lewe en dood te beslis, in ‘n land waar regters nie mag nie?
Is jy al oud genoeg om eienaar te wees van die konsekwensies van jou besluite?
Is jy al oud genoeg om ma te staan vir vandag se dooie babas?
Is jy al oud genoeg om te leef met die intieme kennis van kindermoord?

Jy het die reg om stil te bly.
Jy het die reg tot lewe.
Jy het die reg tot jou liggaam.
Jy hét die reg tot vreugde.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Life eternal


Life eternal

My life is not my own to give
It is what I from God receive
He is the maker of my soul,
the One Who casts me in this role.

Against His will I simply can't,
I am but putty in His hand.
He made me me in joy and pain,
the pleasure found in Him, my gain.

If I depart from here today,
it is with Him that I'll go stay.
He'll welcome me with arms outstretched
and lay me down upon His breast.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Besinning


Besinning
(Vir julle wat te vroeg vertrek het)

Jou lyf was in nou,
jou hoop was op eendag.
Jou verblyf was in nou,
jou geloof was op eendag.
Jou werk was in nou,
jou drome op eendag.

Toe sterf jy ...

En toe jou trein by eendag se stasie verbyflits,
toe trek ek die noodrem op myne
en maak my eendag
vandag.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Sectism


Sectism

What shall we say and leave unsaid,
about the lateness of regret,
about the right to speak the truth,
about the foolishness of youth.

I should have spoken what I know
about the thing that hurt you so.
I linger here a moment still
attempting thus to pay my bill.

A too young man in leadership,
an ignorant hand that holds a whip,
a sect that springs up into life,
composed of criticism, fear and strife.

You doubt the ways of God today,
because he pushed you all away.
I should have spoken what I knew
to try and save you crippled few.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Ek, wit Suid-Afrikaan van die eerste tien


Ek, wit Suid-Afrikaan van die eerste tien

Ek, wit Suid-Afrikaan, staan vandag hier om ekskuus te sê;
ekskuus vir die verlede wat ons van mekaar vervreem het,
ekskuus vir die meerderwaardigheid waarop ek ingekoop het,
ekskuus vir die haatspraak en vernedering wat my taal geword het,
ekskuus dat ek dit gering geag het om jou van nader te leer ken.

Ek, wit Suid-Afrikaan, wat twintig was in die eerste tien,
vra nie verskoning vir die eleksies waar ek nie my stem gewerp het nie,
vra nie verskoning vir die leuens van netnou se politici nie,
vra nie verskoning vir die tirannie en hatige optrede van ander nie,
vra nie verskoning vir dié wat my en jou weerhou het van ken nie.

Ek, wit Suid-Afrikaan, erken vandag ek’s skuldig aan rassisme en onkunde,
maar ek staan in my eie vel, met my eie skuld en nie dié van ‘n ander.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The few


The few

Goodness makes me write your poem.
It is a rarity these days
to find a person so at home
in all unselfish ways.

You are the one who'll share your joys
and give your smiles away.
You have no unfamiliar ploys
and what is good, you say.

You share with others gifts of love
and care about their needs.
You know the good Lord up above
and thus you sow His seeds.

I drink in all your peace of mind
and bathe myself in laughter.
Your calmness makes my soul unwind
and wards off all disaster.

This, my poem, I write for you,
an attempt of mine to tell
that every word of God is true.
Your life has proved it well.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Ongesproke gesprekke


Ek dink elke familie het seker maar taboe-onderwerpe wat niemand die moed het om aan te spreek nie? Party se geheime is erger as ander s'n, maar almal het iets. Vandag se gedig is in respons hierop geskryf.

Ongesproke gesprekke

“Hallo! Howzit?”
Gryp om die nek,
klap op die rug,
soen op die bek.
“Hoe gaan dit met Trieksie se spene?”
en ander plaasvervangende beuselagtighede..
Sak swaar af in stoele,
kla oor die weer,
die veranderende leerplan,
die toename in misdaad
die gebrek aan respek by die jeug.
Bekers, teelepels, melk, suiker,
versoeter, koek.
Prys die gebak,
waardeer die breekware,
let op die mooi huis,
grap oor wie dik en dun geword het.

En as daar stilte kom, word oogkontak vermy,
iemand kug, sê “ja, swaar,” uhm” en “eish,”
maar ons praat nie die ding raak wat in die middel van die gesprek sit nie.

Rugby, die sokker-bod,
die Gautrein, Zuma.
“Lekker gekuier.”
“Maak weer so.”
Gryp om die nek,
klap op die rug,
soen op die bek.
Sluit die deure,
lewer kommentaar oor die en daai se dit en dat,
verlig dat die ding in die middel toegepraat gebly het.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Uncertainty


Uncertainty

There is a monster in me.
It is gnawing at my flesh.
I can feel it creeping along my insides.
Waiting, waiting ...
Yet no word comes.

anticipation
expectation
dread

"Come, come!" I beckon it hither
But it stays away
out of my reach
unknown to me
strange.

Hysteria loosens itself from my insides.
It floats up, settles in my throat.
Strangling, I shout without words
to no-ones ears
and only hear myself saying nothing
responding to emptiness.

imagined fears
make-belief threats
bodiless shapes

And I keep wait ...

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Dis complicated


Dis complicated

Dink jy dis so eenvoudig?
Ek tel die pen op om te dig,
maar om my siel te ontbloot
voor die swaardpunt van my lood
is om siels-naak voor die mens te staan
en te smeek dat jy my sal verstaan.
Maar jy is anderdag en –mens se kind
en my nie noodwendig goedgesind
Daarom voel ek die’s te groot ‘n kans,
wil my woorde met ‘n wisser verskans.

An original poem by Miekie (Marietjie Uys)
'n Oorspronklike gedig deur Miekie (Marietjie Uys)

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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To a distant father

To a distant father I shout I scream I hammer on the walls of your heart Let me in I'm cold I'm lonely Touch me Want ...