Suzette Richards

Rookie - 333 Points [Su] (Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA)

Biography of Suzette Richards

I am a retired and first lived in the scenic town of Somerset West, South Africa. One of my favourite activities was to take a leisurely stroll on the beach near my property. Seeing dolphins leaping in the surf had inspired me to pen my first poem, Water Dance, in May 2011. This is, also, the title of my semi-autobiography.

In December 2013, I made the Greater Karoo my new home and bought a 100-year-old Victorian home, which I renovated (when I was not busy writing) . The new surroundings had challenged me to take a new direction in my poetry and writing, often serious and sombre.

During June 2017, I moved to a house on a friend's farm in White River (near the Kruger National Park) . The idyllic surroundings have inspired me to pen international standard poems such as From Purgatory to Paradise, taking first prize in a contest.

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Sweet Talking

It's dusky and smoky in the room.
People are talking too loudly,
laughing at a joke of which
the punch line was lost in the din.
I shift my weight on the stool -
the dimensions not quite fitting my shape.
My skirt rides up my thighs.
I leave it there and pick up a stare
from across the room.

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