Diana van den Berg

Rookie - 300 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

A Difference Made - Poem by Diana van den Berg

When dark crawls small
around the throat,
and soul-stones grind both grey
and shiver-slow,
and tears glass-freeze
before the words,
and flow seems ebb, forever more...

just one warm word
like a candle glow...

and sunrise sings
in sky-splashed flames,
and millstone lifts
and breath is free,
and sun-drenched tears dry
with soft-healing balm,
and words surge boundless, skywards, wide
and ebb reverts to blessèd flow.

(7 March 2006)


Comments about A Difference Made by Diana van den Berg

  • Rookie - 154 Points Bradley Blue Jay Phipps (4/23/2015 9:06:00 PM)

    These moments do make such a difference, dear Diana. Your words always twisting, warm and hopeful. I have missed you. Your words. Your garden and animals. I do hope you are well. Hope to talk soon.
    bradley blue jay
    P.S. i listened to the audio. I expected your lovely voice. Sad and disapointing it was. You have a exotic voice well groomed for reading aloud. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 300 Points Diana Van Den Berg (4/25/2015 11:34:00 AM)

    Yes, they do, indeed, make a difference, Brad. I miss you too. Thank you for the lovely things you say about my poetry, my voice, me, my animals and our talks.

    I don’t know how to get rid of that recording that is not mine. I selected yesterday in my profile not to show videos, but perhaps that only works on poems posted after one has made that selection, because that video thing is still there.

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Henry Brown (7/27/2009 10:30:00 PM)

    I like, I like, I like. Dianne I have promised to read your poems and so far so good 10 Bless you Henry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bob Blackwell (4/14/2009 4:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful, one small warm word....heals, sometimes a smile will do. Loved it Bob (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Sue S. (3/22/2009 4:08:00 PM)

    Your poems are like balm for a troubled soul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Barry A. Lanier (2/14/2009 2:42:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the melodic personification and the soothing tone of your writing..it somewhat reminds me of the thoughts I had when writing 'Veracity' thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sicelo Sithole (2/13/2009 1:06:00 AM)

    It is poems like these that keep me going and revived in the morning at the chemistry labs. thank you for sharing this beautiful work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pamela Lutwyche (2/8/2009 6:23:00 AM)

    Your poems are very deep. I am not sure I understand them, but I am sure they are very good to someone who does. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Haiku Haiku (2/8/2009 4:52:00 AM)

    Well composed. Much to like in your poem.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 8, 2009



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