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A DESCENT – AMY SHELVER

Artwork: Shampoo on Concrete Background (2009) | Konrad Geel | Digital photograph | Artist’s collection, San Francisco | Price on request
Artwork: Shampoo on Concrete Background (2009) | Konrad Geel | Digital Photograph | Artist’s Collection, San Francisco | Price on Request
A Descent

You could always undress me with your words.

With all this need for reassurance,
I cannot be so sure.

Your new verse stretches and contracts
(neither beside us anymore)

Takes what it wants,
discards what it needs no more.

With all this need for reassurance
I cannot be too sure.

Feet slip while the train clicks.

Takes the plunge.

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BLUE GOLD – AMY SHELVER

Artwork: Slumflower 3 (2016) | Pola Maneli | Adobe Photoshop and Pencil , 42cm x 42cm | Artist's collection, Port Elizabeth | R1 500.00
Artwork: Slumflower 3 (2016) | Pola Maneli | Adobe Photoshop and Pencil, 42cm x 42cm | Artist’s Collection, Port Elizabeth | R1 500.00
Blue Gold 1
Artwork: Blue Gold (2019) | Theresa Hardman | Ink on paper | Private collection, Port Elizabeth | Not for sale
Artwork: Blue Gold (2019) | Theresa Hardman | Ink on Paper | Private Collection, Port Elizabeth | Not for Sale
Blue Gold 2

fallow lands
idle hands –
the farmer entertains
the devil’s work
after questioning
his worth

two words run
incessant
marathons
in his mind:
“bone dry”

the cattle
huddle
herding away
from the
encroaching
drought

the acacia thorns
prick the static air
as the burg wind
lifts their cracking,
boughs forlorn

fire.
is.
imminent.

a long walk
on perforated heels
edges blur, slow-ly…

agony.
thirst.
fields.

stalks of corn, measly mielies,
throw their last
battered brown leaves
upwards
…in the hope of
photosynthesis

scorched earth.
resource policy.
at least wood offers easily
to braai polity
but, that is all…

water-logged
in the search for
blue gold.

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A GOD MISSING – AMY SHELVER

Artwork: Peace Part (V) - 88 Minutes Before Waking Up (2019) l Louwrens Westraad l Acrylic, ink, and mixed media on canvas, 100cm x 100cm x 5cm | DÖT Trust Collection, Johannesburg l Not for sale
Artwork: Peace Part (V) – 88 Minutes Before Waking Up (2019) l Louwrens Westraad l Acrylic, Ink, and Mixed Media on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm x 5cm | DÖT Trust Collection, Johannesburg l Not for Sale
A God Missing

In the angry spoken word
Where is my god?

In the pain of disease,
Where is my god?

In the anguish of emotion,
Where is my god?

In the disturbing silence of my life,
A plea goes out…

Under scorching, fiery blaze
Where is my god?

On the lonely plains of
Lost love and lust,
Where is my god?

I am still searching,
Still bearing the cross,
Asking, where is my god?

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TIME – AMY SHELVER

Artwork: Alchemist (2018) | Gregory Kerr | Oil on canvas, 130cm x 100cm (±10cm all round framed) | Underculture Gallery, Port Elizabeth | R83 000.00
Artwork: Alchemist (2018) | Gregory Kerr | Oil on Canvas, 130cm x 100cm (±10cm All Round Framed) | Underculture Gallery, Port Elizabeth | R83 000.00
Time

Things were good
Things were great
What a pity time was late!

Things were borrowed
Things were spent,
Time wasn’t leant.

Things are gone
Things are past
…Time didn’t last…

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A BATHING – AMY SHELVER

Artwork: Almost free (2019) | Michael Barry | Monotype, A4 | Almost free | Sold
Artwork: Almost Free (2019) | Michael Barry | Monotype, A4 | Almost Free | Sold
A Bathing

Cry beloved country,
Weep.
Cry beloved country,
Sigh. 

Cleanse the open plains
With gentle tears.
Wash the grime from the kranse
Water the sun-dried tomato fields
And bring them to life again.

Kiss our weary land
With life-giving
And restore breath
To our weary lungs.

Cry beloved country,
Rid your soul of terror.
Expel the reigning torment
And breathe.

Quiet night kisses you
And leaves an embrace
Of black stillness.

Rest, beloved country,
Sweet South Africa,
Strong fortress,
Now clean.