Diana van den Berg

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Diana van den Berg Biography

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. I had the most wonderful horse (Flicka) in the world for 20½ years, but he went to Heaven on 28 April 2002 ...

Diana van den Berg Comments

Sandy van den Berg 02 January 2022

I am Diana's daughter-in-law. I am sorry to have to let you know that Diana crossed the veil in 2020. She is no doubt still writing poetry in a world filled with animals and woodland creatures. She loved her poetry forums and engaging with you. Thank you for making her days fulfilling.

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Kim Barney 26 December 2015

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.

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Terry Dawson 27 October 2015

Diana, queen of words.

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Bradley Blue Jay Phipps 23 April 2015

One of my all time most favorite poetesses.

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Sigurdur Gislason 17 August 2013

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

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The 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 of my soul after each disaster
and renews my zeal and increases my understanding
in preparation for the next onslaught.

It’s the Africa in me
that has carried me
from my first baby breath
and will support me to my very last.

I am truly a child born of Africa.

(August 1999)

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