Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 25,549 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

The Widow Viljee As By Johann Johl (Parody) - Poem by Gert Strydom

(after D.J. Opperman with apology to Johann Johl)

Next to the sea
where a bird in amok does scream
the widow Viljee strides on
and she is so lost without her man
with two Dalmatians following her close.

The poor woman, Viljee
and the dogs cannot understand
what the bird is screaming
while they walk on.

Oh woe, oh woe the widow Viljee
when the lot of them
detonate a landmine,
and pieces crackles-thunder clap
as if reaching for the sky
and later her basket of knotted birch-cane
are picked up by two people that are in love.

[References: "Met apologie" (With apology) by D.J. Opperman, Dubbelloop: ‘n pastiche (Double barrel a pastiche) by Johann Johl, "Bostelegraaf" (Bus htelegraph) by Johann Johl.]

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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