You will notice on the progress list posted on 7 February 2019 that some titles are abandoned, namely “Boys and Bicycles”, “Fields and Flocks” and “So Light a Wind”. I do not abandon sketches lightly: in the first, the concept was lacking; in the second, I had explored its content in other poems so that it became somewhat academic to pursue; and in the third, the draft evolved into “The Robin-chat”, which I then listed as a new work.
Today, my interest in “Boys and Bicycles” was revived by a wandering mind, and I conceived not only of a workable theme for the sketch but also rudimentary verses with which to express it. The intention of this revised concept is to present the seasons through the ebullience and wonder of childhood—a response to the world I wish to celebrate in poetry—and thus “Boys and Bicycles” returns to the litany, but in a simpler form: “Boys”.
Living in the Overberg, surrounded by gentle farmland, serene mountain ranges and restoring silences, my work is a response to it all. In my music and poetry, I seek to express what in sacred moments among the hills wells up within me: awe, wonder and joy! My work is an inevitability—an act of adoration.
This is the first of a series in which I shall explore my thoughts on art-related questions, everything from “What is your favourite artwork?” to “Should art be funded?” Where I have already established a view, my answers shall be brief, but where I am yet undecided, they shall be exploratory. Analytical by nature, I am going to enjoy this tremendously.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a musician and poet from the Western Cape of South Africa. I compose idylls—reflections on fleeting images of rural beauty—in melody and verse, the latter often inspiring the former. My most recent musical release was a self-titled album in the experimental genre, and I am currently working on a collection of traditional poetry inspired by my rural surroundings.