Diana van den Berg

Veteran Poet - 1,113 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

Diana van den Berg
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Unlike Princess Diana, I am old (a wonderful word!) , ugly (well, certainly in comparison with Princess Diana - and who cares? - not me! - in actual fact, I don't really think I am ugly, but find that difficult to say) , alive (all the time) and happy (most of the time) .

I am an animal lover (all animals - wild and domestic - including snakes, spiders, frogs, scorpions, etc - every creature that walked, hopped, crawled, swam, flew, slithered, anything-elsed the planet) and very interested in ecology of all kinds. My garden is an indigenous forest (a small one) . My children, when they were small used to give me indigenous trees for birthday and Christmas presents.... more »

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  • Kim Barney (12/26/2015 11:13:00 AM)

    Diana has one of the most fascinating biographies that I have ever read. I feel enriched just for having read it. I, too, love animals and would love to meet her.
    By the way, her poetry is very good.

  • Terry Dawson (10/27/2015 8:17:00 AM)

    Diana, queen of words.

  • Bradley Blue Jay Phipps (4/23/2015 9:09:00 PM)

    One of my all time most favorite poetesses.

  • Sigurdur Gislason (8/17/2013 4:41:00 AM)

    The best I have seen for long, good poetic understanding and structure, content without direct preaching. Pleasure to read.

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Best Poem of Diana van den Berg

It's The Africa In Me

It’s the Africa in me
that loves the forest in which I wake,
that sees and hears its fauna and flora and revels in their names.

It’s the Africa in me
that you hear in my spirited conversation,
that shakes my shoulders as I sob my sorrows
or laugh my insides, inside-out.

It’s the Africa in me
that keeps me reading poetry deep into the night
and causes me to stroke the sinuous muscles of my striped, domestic cat
and kiss the muzzle of my gently nickering horse.

It’s the Africa in me
that has taught me how to love
and patches up the fragments ...

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