Antjie Krog

Antjie Krog Poems

African love song

neither the moist intimacy of your eyelids fair as fennel
nor the violence of your body withholding behind sheets
nor what comes to me as your life


under orders from my ancestors you were occupied
had I language I could write for you were land my land

Niether family nor friends

tonight everything speaks through the dead
towards me
your brittle bundle of bones

Since we

since we started walking
this road the irises
finished blooming the still
abandoned eyeballs of


jy laat my voor loop, maar bly self skuins staan
sit jou vingers liggies op my rug sodat
my somerskouers verby jou lapelle skuur
my werwels loop uit in lig

skaamteloos kom lê jou oë op my arms
sulke nat swart oë het jy wat nooit knip nie - nugter
gly dit my borste binne
ek word daarvan litterig, lieflik, ligter

as wyn direk die slagaar giet
sak jou mond swaar oop om die glas
subiet word my lyf totaal orgaan

later as geswolle wond deur jou voorarm
teen die muur geknel - ontplof my ganse skelet
en bars verby die wit versperring van vel

Antjie Krog Comments

aankoms 31 August 2020

I am trying to make sense of this poem and cannot can anyone give some insight

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dogs bark aloud 20 November 2018

she is a cake and her poems are and she must die

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Grammar police 02 August 2021

its actually; 'she is a cake and her poems are (enter a suitable adjective) , she must die' the repetition of the 'and' is a double negative regardless I don't agree with your statement : )

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Annika 01 May 2018

Why did she do this poem

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Anna Elizabeth (Antjie) Krog was born in 1952 into a family of authors - her mother is the famous Afrikaans writer Dot Serfontein - and made her debut as an Afrikaans poet while still in school, when in 1970 at the age of 18, her first volume of poetry, Dogter van Jefta was published. In 1972 her second volume, Januarie-suite, was published, and in ...

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