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Peter Esterhuysen

Featured Poem:

A poem about myself & Welcome to this poem

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A POEM ABOUT MYSELF
Who am I?
Unburied self I try
To conceal from
Those who pry?
Or the me I wear
From day to day
Capricious mask
In pliant clay?
Everyone has a part
In designing my face,
Yet « I » seems such a private spot
For so public a place

WELCOME TO THIS POEM
Welcome
To this poem,
Make yourself at home.
Would you care for something
Refreshing, some light relief?
A cup of tea perhaps?
You must be exhausted reading
All those poems,
And when one thinks of the unfigured
Multitude (can you bear
The thought?) cross-breeding in bottom drawers…

It is a long, bitter winter’s night and who dares
Be an arbiter of taste in times like these?
And- oh the poet?
He’s not in today
He’s out selling life.
The big companies pay
Well, not forgetting the benefits,
And they love him
When he is angry.

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Biography

Peter Esterhuysen was born in 1963 and died in 2004. As a founding member of the StoryTeller Group, he scripted highly successful educational comics on environmental health, HIV/Aids treatment and gender relations in rural settings. He storyboarded short stories by three South African writers, Can Themba, Bessie Head and Alex la Guma. He scripted theatrical productions for the Handspring Puppet Company and anchored the writing team that produced the TV series Soul City, Gazlam and Yizo Yizo I and II. The latter won multiple local and international awards. In 2002 he co-wrote a feature film with Tebogo Mahlatsi titled Scar. The script was selected for the Sundance Writers Festival held in Utah, but he was too ill to attend. His short stories and poetry reviews were published in local literary journals. Five years after his death, a selection of his poems was published in Comeback: Poems in Conversation 1984-1989.

Peter Esterhuysen

Biography

Peter Esterhuysen was born in 1963 and died in 2004. As a founding member of the StoryTeller Group, he scripted highly successful educational comics on environmental health, HIV/Aids treatment and gender relations in rural settings. He storyboarded short stories by three South African writers, Can Themba, Bessie Head and Alex la Guma. He scripted theatrical productions for the Handspring Puppet Company and anchored the writing team that produced the TV series Soul City, Gazlam and Yizo Yizo I and II. The latter won multiple local and international awards. In 2002 he co-wrote a feature film with Tebogo Mahlatsi titled Scar. The script was selected for the Sundance Writers Festival held in Utah, but he was too ill to attend. His short stories and poetry reviews were published in local literary journals. Five years after his death, a selection of his poems was published in Comeback: Poems in Conversation 1984-1989.

Featured Poem:

A poem about myself & Welcome to this poem

Enlarge poem

A POEM ABOUT MYSELF
Who am I?
Unburied self I try
To conceal from
Those who pry?
Or the me I wear
From day to day
Capricious mask
In pliant clay?
Everyone has a part
In designing my face,
Yet « I » seems such a private spot
For so public a place

WELCOME TO THIS POEM
Welcome
To this poem,
Make yourself at home.
Would you care for something
Refreshing, some light relief?
A cup of tea perhaps?
You must be exhausted reading
All those poems,
And when one thinks of the unfigured
Multitude (can you bear
The thought?) cross-breeding in bottom drawers…

It is a long, bitter winter’s night and who dares
Be an arbiter of taste in times like these?
And- oh the poet?
He’s not in today
He’s out selling life.
The big companies pay
Well, not forgetting the benefits,
And they love him
When he is angry.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

Comments

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