our parallel lives

are all interconnected

in astounding ways

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Old hat

this old hat of mine

knew better days – so did I

but these are the best

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do not ask my love

I have given it away

to the deep blue sea

© Lize Bard @


knotted ropes of time

weave endlessly through our lives

to reconnect ties

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you gather them all

the scattered pieces that’s me

lost throughout the world

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yet the eyes expose

what the voice tries to conceal

between all the words

© Lize Bard @

Alberto Giacometti at the Luisiana: Denmark, September 2016

movement in stillness

captured in a woman’s form

such a profound touch

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Hermanus, South Africa: October 2016

I’m a floating gull

drifting on the ocean’s breeze

happy to just be

© Lize Bard @

Days gone by

yesterday I found

your letters in a shoebox

and they brought a smile

© Lize Bard @


a round pebble

in the hollow of my palm

nothing is timeless

© Lize Bard @

Still waters

it is here we come

to find another being

to swim with our thoughts

© Lize Bard @


a warm, still, dark night

a nightjar at my window

dreams are being born

© Lize Bard @

So simple

just had a feeling

needed to write you a poem

so this is for you

© Lize Bard @

Full moon

a road less travelled

led to strange places and you

my trail to the moon

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Then and now

when I found your soul

it was black, bent and broken

now your spirit soars

© Lize Bard @

Cairo: July 2000

too little time to

explore your ancient treasures

too many tradesmen

© Lize Bard @


moments that are shared

bring such unexpected depth

and a light softness

© Lize Bard @

Shattered silence

breaking the stillness

my thoughts shatter into words

some of which you catch

© Lize Bard @


a frog just sitting

I would like to mimic it

need to make time

© Lize Bard @

Desert song

when the desert dances

with all its hued silhouettes

my heart wants to sing

© Lize Bard @


tired but content

sun softly touching my face

the day was well-spent

© Lize Bard @

New friend

and there you appeared

in the middle of my path

to reclusiveness

© Lize Bard @


we drift as a pair

in waters of composure

our differences masked

© Lize Bard @


mercurial thoughts

floating through the mists of time

in my slow slumber

© Lize Bard @

In my hands

a fist full of dreams

is all I have to bring

will that be enough?

© Lize Bard @

Mt Sinai: July 2000

Sinai sunrise

breathtakingly beautiful

it was a tough climb

© Lize Bard @

Gordon’s Bay, South Africa: October 2016

on a windless day

blue reflections float away

while gulls drift and play

© Lize Bard @


there’s a tender soul

tucked beneath your rough surface

revealed in your words

© Lize Bard @

Thinking in colour

swift thoughts are captured

in the colours of my mind

a rainbow parade

© Lize Bard @


found my emotions

lost in a grey Pierneef cloud

that you will not see

© Lize Bard @

Strange harmony

half shadow half light

the beauty of a shared world

a dichotomy

© Lize Bard @


over the bleak flats

Namaqualand sprouts colour

that discerns no bounds

© Lize Bard @

Multihued thinking

colours of my mind

cover the rainbow spectrum

blue and grey and bright

© Lize Bard @

Simple splendour

to perceive something

so stunningly beautiful

so effortlessly

© Lize Bard @

Lasting impression

starry starry night

captured in your wild brushstrokes

still enchanting us

© Lize Bard @

John’s refrain (V out of V)

dare we imagine

a world without religion?

that will bring us peace

© Lize Bard @

Written in collaboration with Poets for Peace where the full poem is available, here it is released on five consecutive Wednesdays

23 in Stellenbosch

found her delving in

the mind’s creativity

filled me with wonder

© Lize Bard @

Boulder Colorado: April 2005

it burns in my lungs

ice-cold Rocky Mountain air

my body protests

© Lize Bard @

African child

when I hear the pain

that is captured in your voice

I die a little

© Lize Bard @

The gap

our colourful land

our land of piercing contrast

cast in black and white

© Lize Bard @


they’re the most treasured

those moments unintended

that last forever

© Lize Bard @

Sheltering words

thinking our own thoughts

spinning our delicate webs

words that hug our worlds

© Lize Bard @


it’s just a moment

it’s just a vague memory

it lasts a lifetime

© Lize Bard @