October 14, 2015 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION



Constance van Niekerk



Strangers Again (a collaboration with David Mungoshi)



Once upon a time we were strangers

But in time we became kindred spirits

who found joy in each other and flourished

We dreamt the same dreams

Walked arm in arm

Wined and dined to mellow music

As we lived and learned

Your fantasies were mine

My nightmares were yours

Then night came and the land was dark

Too dark to see into the heart

Thus I took one path

And you took another

In all this you walked too fast

I couldn’t catch up

When at last fate brought us together again

I found myself under the glare of a stranger’s eyes

Wondering about a face I thought I knew







Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk is a South-African based Zimbabwean-born freelance music critic, poet, photographer, educator, creative writer and blogger par excellence. She has written for The Southern Times Newspaper of Namibia as well as Zimbabwe’s foremost daily, The Herald, blogging also on Up Close and Personal with Zim Artists since 2012. Early in 2014 Constance rebranded the blog to L’Afrique Beat to reflect the interests the whole of Africa and create a continental flavour. L’ Afrique Beat features well researched and informative articles on Africa’s musical icons, entertainment, as well as the lifestyle issues of Africa.


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