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Diana Ferrus

Featured Poem:

She came home on a giant bird

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She came home on a giant bird
resting on its wings
flying into the future
framing the past
excavating pride
hidden behind
the imprisoned mind

She touched the ground
without a sound
where those who were waiting
howled a cry
“oh why?”
Soft her reply
“I had to die
So you could defy”

She sleeps in a valley
while we who are awake
must destroy every tale that is fake.
We salute you Saartjie,
for you had to die
so we could defy.

Diana

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  • Amazement (3)
  • Pride (5)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (2)
  • Delight (1)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (3)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (4)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (2)
  • Sadness (2)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (1)

Comments

  1. This poem makes me feel sad & heavy-hearted, but as we are still primitive in our thinking and caring towards each other, our evolution has been fast-tracked by her home-coming ☆

    ESTHER
  2. Diana is a great writer, her poems should be translated to Portuguese and Spanish. Her poems about Peace and about Sarah Baartman are strong and beautiful!!!!
    I met her in the Netherlands, I lost her email, I will like to have her mail, if that is possible.
    Thank you! Amalia

    Amalia E. Fischer P
  3. I fell in love with her work only recently but I can honestly say I am hooked .As a young woman writing poetry I really find true inspiration in her work.I can only wish that one day my name will be known as hers is or even just an fraction .Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us.Thank you. Lizette Januarie

    Lizette Januarie

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Biography

Diana Ferrus was born in Worcester in 1953 and completed her high school career in 1972. She completed a postgraduate degree in Women’s and Gender studies at the University of the Western Cape where she works as an administrator in the Dept of Industrial Psychology.

Diana is a writer, poet, performance poet and story-teller. Her work in both Afrikaans and English has been published in various collections and some serve as prescribed texts for high school learners. Her publishing house, Diana Ferrus Publishers has published various publications including her first Afrikaans collection of poetry, Ons Komvandaan. Diana co-edited and published a collection of stories about fathers and daughters, Slaan vir my ‘n masker, Vader in 2006. The mission of her publishing company is to publish writers from previously disadvantaged communities. Her company in association with the University of the Western Cape has published life stories of three former activists and unionists namely, Liz “Nana” Abrahams, Zollie Malindi and Archie Sibeko. These publications contain rich material about South Africa’s past and some are prescribed texts at the University of the Western Cape.

She is a founder member of the Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging (ASV), Bush Poets (all women poets) and Women in Xchains (grassroots women writers).

Diana has attended numerous literary festivals locally and abroad. In 2006 she performed her poetry at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees with the Mamela band. They received a Kanna-award for the best contemporary music. At this very festival Diana received a Kanna-award for her contribution to Afrikaans.

However Diana Ferrus is internationally known and acclaimed for the poem that she wrote for the indigenous South African woman Sarah Bartmann who was taken away from her country under false pretences and paraded as a sexual freak in Europe.

Diana’s work has had and still has a bearing and influence on matters of race, gender, class and reconciliation. She is popular amongst South Africans of all race groups. She believes in her country’s future and works tirelessly for her people’s emancipation from racial, sexual and class exploitation as well as reconciliation.

Diana Ferrus

Diana
Diana

Biography

Diana Ferrus was born in Worcester in 1953 and completed her high school career in 1972. She completed a postgraduate degree in Women’s and Gender studies at the University of the Western Cape where she works as an administrator in the Dept of Industrial Psychology.

Diana is a writer, poet, performance poet and story-teller. Her work in both Afrikaans and English has been published in various collections and some serve as prescribed texts for high school learners. Her publishing house, Diana Ferrus Publishers has published various publications including her first Afrikaans collection of poetry, Ons Komvandaan. Diana co-edited and published a collection of stories about fathers and daughters, Slaan vir my ‘n masker, Vader in 2006. The mission of her publishing company is to publish writers from previously disadvantaged communities. Her company in association with the University of the Western Cape has published life stories of three former activists and unionists namely, Liz “Nana” Abrahams, Zollie Malindi and Archie Sibeko. These publications contain rich material about South Africa’s past and some are prescribed texts at the University of the Western Cape.

She is a founder member of the Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging (ASV), Bush Poets (all women poets) and Women in Xchains (grassroots women writers).

Diana has attended numerous literary festivals locally and abroad. In 2006 she performed her poetry at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees with the Mamela band. They received a Kanna-award for the best contemporary music. At this very festival Diana received a Kanna-award for her contribution to Afrikaans.

However Diana Ferrus is internationally known and acclaimed for the poem that she wrote for the indigenous South African woman Sarah Bartmann who was taken away from her country under false pretences and paraded as a sexual freak in Europe.

Diana’s work has had and still has a bearing and influence on matters of race, gender, class and reconciliation. She is popular amongst South Africans of all race groups. She believes in her country’s future and works tirelessly for her people’s emancipation from racial, sexual and class exploitation as well as reconciliation.

Featured Poem:

She came home on a giant bird

Enlarge poem

She came home on a giant bird
resting on its wings
flying into the future
framing the past
excavating pride
hidden behind
the imprisoned mind

She touched the ground
without a sound
where those who were waiting
howled a cry
“oh why?”
Soft her reply
“I had to die
So you could defy”

She sleeps in a valley
while we who are awake
must destroy every tale that is fake.
We salute you Saartjie,
for you had to die
so we could defy.

No audio file loaded.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (3)
  • Pride (5)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (2)
  • Delight (1)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (3)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (4)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (2)
  • Sadness (2)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (1)

Comments

  1. This poem makes me feel sad & heavy-hearted, but as we are still primitive in our thinking and caring towards each other, our evolution has been fast-tracked by her home-coming ☆

    ESTHER
  2. Diana is a great writer, her poems should be translated to Portuguese and Spanish. Her poems about Peace and about Sarah Baartman are strong and beautiful!!!!
    I met her in the Netherlands, I lost her email, I will like to have her mail, if that is possible.
    Thank you! Amalia

    Amalia E. Fischer P
  3. I fell in love with her work only recently but I can honestly say I am hooked .As a young woman writing poetry I really find true inspiration in her work.I can only wish that one day my name will be known as hers is or even just an fraction .Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us.Thank you. Lizette Januarie

    Lizette Januarie

Your email address will not be published.