Diana van den Berg

Veteran Poet - 1,290 Points (4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

Mass Valuations - Poem by Diana van den Berg

upon thousand
upon thousand
of photographs
of houses
snatched by offficials
who just don’t know...
some mansions,
and pretty,
and smiling,
with colourful gardens,
and dogs
and cats,
some hovels,
and cold,
and leaking,

but every single one
of them
a home,
with a family
with people
who are
or sad,
or rich,
or poor,
or dysfunctional,
or frantic,
or antagonistic,
or brave,
or honourable,
or criminal,
but members of a family,
or what is left of a family

and I revere
and honour
and every single
person in it.

(24 July 2009)

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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