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Author Name: Freeavanheerden 22 Comments
Date Added: April 19, 2006 02:04:37 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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To: Ingrid Jonker
I see her pain, I hear her voice
No one understood, on one looked up
She carried a burden,
She carried herself,
She carried alone
Through her words,
Through her thoughts,
Through her lines
Through her phrases

She opened her soul
She opened her heart
She cried out
All on deaf ear


She let them.
Their acceptance made her accept,
But she died of that, inside her soul.
She had too much of this world to carry on…

The water was calling
In her own defence
She gave herself
At her own expense…
Author's Notes:

In Celebration of Ingrid Jonker. Renowned South African Poet who walked into the sea…
The good die young. She was the best.

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Comment By: FreeTomahawk on September 16, 2012 07:08:03 AM Report

This was a beautiful poem and tribute, I may have to read her and WOW!! Adri, You have a lovely, sexy voice, love your accent! A great piece of work....brava.



Comment By: FreeFilthy on May 13, 2010 05:11:25 PM Report

I pop back and read this as often as i can, gives me goosebumps every time.

Comment By: PremiumLinda Jo on February 24, 2010 06:43:57 PM Report
well this combination of written word and spoken word is stunning, Adri!  It is a sad poem but shows how poets are many times misunderstood and under-appreciated.  this is such an emotionally intact piece...quite worthy of the poet, I'm sure.
Comment By: FreePeter Sammylin on August 27, 2009 08:27:02 PM Report
Hello Adri,

Though i am not aqwainted with the poetess Ingrid Jonker, the tender yet sad rapport within the body of this most enjoyable poem, did make me feel for her allot!  How many people would there be like her, not being understood by anyone?  I walked the earth for a while of my life like this, but today, my story has a true listener! 

The way this artist walked to her life's end did have me think of the movie: Possession  There is also a scene where a lady painter seeks her way out by walking into the water.  Very sad, a loss, a shame on the world.

Greetings: Peter

Comment By: FreeFLETCHER on April 8, 2009 02:44:49 PM Report
An excellent dedication. Adri you are gifted.

Comment By: FreeAmy on June 18, 2008 01:06:47 PM Report
Found this jewel in someone's favorites. So glad I did. I agree with those before me...It is a lovely tribute to the poet and the oral reading is outstanding. I wish more people would do a few audios to add to their catalogs. I think it gives it so much more meaning (or depth to meaning) when you hear what the poet has said in the way he/she heard it in his/her head when writing it.

Loved it, Adri...well done.


Comment By: FreeFilthy on October 11, 2007 09:56:26 AM Report
A wonderfull dedication to a wonderfull poet.

Comment By: FreeMISS_VEE on April 10, 2007 09:55:10 AM Report
wonderful,. hun i love ur voice, you have the accect of my friend Tumelo


love ya girl, VEE xx

Comment By: FreeRoger on March 13, 2007 11:37:58 PM Report
OH MY!!!  Sweetie, this was unbelievable!  The poem and your read!!!?  Together they were moving and quite stirring!  I got goosebumbs!  Thank you!
Comment By: FreeRoss McCague Rosco on February 19, 2007 10:10:53 PM Report
That's a fine poem. It was great to hear your voice. This is the very thing I've been talking to you about. This is a perfect embodiment of embracing the breadth of life.
Comment By: FreeLast Temple Knight on December 7, 2006 11:14:14 AM Report
A touching dedication to a poet lost to the world...
Comment By: FreeGoliath Assassin on October 5, 2006 12:03:32 PM Report
Sad, really... Must've been a skinny woman to not float like that...
Comment By: FreeScott on August 19, 2006 01:27:03 AM Report
simple, unwavering words ... and so well read ...

thank you.

Comment By: FreeMary on August 17, 2006 10:32:33 AM Report
wwowowowwo!! i loved your voice it made it all soo powerful this was a very sad poem but not all good people die young i didnt.i hope things r ok it was an awesome pem keep up te good work n a nice voice

comment back plz


Comment By: FreeRandy Harrison on August 14, 2006 03:22:48 AM Report
This is well written and awesomely read. GREAT!

Comment By: FreeJames Thomas Whitworth on August 11, 2006 04:38:23 AM Report

I really liked the poem already, the sparsity is very effective; but with the audio, it soars. Adri, my dear, you speak in a melody.

Comment By: FreeCraig David Dawson on August 10, 2006 08:22:16 AM Report
wow..emotional and brilliant. I loved your voice.
Comment By: FreeLinear Z on August 9, 2006 04:38:51 PM Report
I think your voice adds dimension and makes it glow. I look forward to more audio from you Adri. Great stuff.

Be well, Linear.

Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on July 16, 2006 07:33:23 AM Report
I love that name...You know, the original line goes..."Only the good die young at heart"..Apparently, her heart grew old before it's time..Lovely dedication, kid,,,len
Comment By: Freejamieson steele on June 2, 2006 10:54:26 AM Report
I hope she wasn't a follower of Byron.
Comment By: Freeaaron payne on April 19, 2006 04:24:31 PM Report
very nice tribute. aaron
Comment By: FreeN.M.Sodergran on April 19, 2006 11:58:33 AM Report
Although I have not read anything of I. Jonker (sure will now!) This seems to be an excellent dedication! Your artistic portrayal of her pain and tragic death is well executed and might inspire readers to reach out some more. Aeth


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