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Wayne Visser is a writer, poet and professional speaker. He has written 25 books, including 7 poetry collections:

Here is a collection of interviews with Wayne about poetry and his poems.

What’s New

What Now? (The Unpopular Vote) – He won the unpopular vote, he’s an emperor without any coat …

Keys to the Maze – Upon the path of life’s great maze, surprises lurk around each bend …

The Environmentalist – You call me an environmentalist, as if caring for the earth is some kind of cult …

 

2016

Magic Feather – I’m giving you this feather to remind you of the endless sky …

My Letters – I see you found my letters, my bottle on the seas …

The Migrant’s Lament – I am the crosser of borders, I am the sailor of seas …

Revolution – There’s talk of revolution In the markets and the streets …

The Waves – The waves, the waves are rolling in, rolling in, building and breaking …

2015

Forty-Five – The turn of the seasons, the loop of the sun, another year over, another begun …

Forest Invocation – The forests are burning, the skies filled with smoke …

Land of the Sun – I’ll never give up on this land of the sun, where the people are many …

Love Is … – Love is making mistakes and fixing them together …

Africa Untamed – Africa is wild: a land untamed, a people unshamed …

My Father’s Son – We’ve come a great long way together upon the trail of father and son …

Mind-Seeds – I write my dreams in wisps of smoke that swirl before the dawn …

Cherry Hinton Days – One day, I expect, we’ll look back and smile at these blossoming Cherry Hinton days …

Success – It’s not about where you were born, or the colour of your face …

What Lies Beneath – You see me – and seeing, you think that you know me. But you do not know me …

Goddess of the Sun – There are gods for the planets and gods for the turbulent seas …

Wordspell – Turning over the leaf, you peer underneath, perhaps in search of a clue …

The Urgency of Now – This day, this year, this life, let me live in the exquisite urgency of Now …

2014

‘Tis the Season – Another cosy Christmas spent, another year, how quick it went …

Forty Four – I rise to greet the day on condor wings …

African Renaissance – A single seed, on fertile ground, that’s how it all got started …

Making Ripples – I am streaming words into the void, a pointless, poignant pulsing of mind …

African Pilgrimage – I have walked the long trail of history and arrived at this day: triumphant! …

Generation Found – Once I was a soldier boy – now I’m shooting hoops; I’m not the generation lost …

Child of Africa – I am a child of Africa – young and wild and free …

Earth Villanelle – Earth needs no saving by you or by me …

Dawn – Sunrise scatters rays of dawn until the seeds take root and spawn …

We Rise, We Shine – Tribute to Maya Angelou (1928-2014) – When giants fall …

#socialMEdia – Tell me, do you Like me? Please answer quick, I’ve got to know …

Island of Africa – Memories of Gondwana fade, the ancient world torn apart …

Setting Oil, Rising Sol – The tide is rising, Carbonosaurs roar, defiant …

Fractal Faces – I see the world in your face – The echoes of your homeland …

Africa’s Big Five – A regal roar to break the day …

Salt Water Dreams – Last night I dreamed of a planet, where more hides than can ever be seen …

With This Ring – With this ring, I set you free, free to love and free to be …

Land of Emerald Dreams – Low clouds of grey left far behind …

Forty Three – It was the year of Bordeaux cheese fondue and St Emilion’s catacomb …

2013

He Lived Among Us – Tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Say “I Do!” – Say we’ll climb to the summit together, say we’ll cherish the view …

Escape – When the clocks have all stopped, when you’re stuck, out of luck …

Babies Bounce – Babies bounce, their laughter is lighter than air …

You and Me, Here and Now – What if it’s now? That fateful moment when everything turns …

Message in a Bottle – These crumpled words adrift in time, at sea on waves of bottled rhyme …

Box Life – We live our life in boxes, proclaiming: ‘I’m not free!’ …

Gorky Park – A summer day in Gorky Park, the world is freshly green and bright …

Je T’adore – The deepest ocean floor of you, the darkest secret door of you …

This is Your Time – This is your time, your time to rise, to blaze and shine …

Free Us to be Free – Because so much progress has been blind to our beauty …

Shooting Star – Your shooting star lights up my sky …

Africa Proud – I stand upright and tall – No more bowed back, no more bent knees …

Earth, Air, Water, Fire – I am Earth: Grounded and mounded and moulded in clay …

Haiku: Beauty – Bare trees on still pond …

2012

Forty Two – It was the year that rocked with the shock of the stopping clock …

Through It All – Worlds may collide – the sky turn to black …

Hard to Say – It’s hard to say ‘I love you’ when words have turned to dust …

Misty Woods – Shrouded trees and autumn mulch …

African Time – I’m living my days in African time …

Chasing the Blue – We’re chasing after blue in skies of white and grey …

Cracked Pavements – The pavement blocks are neatly square, yet sometimes cracks appear …

Wild Africa – Africa wakes up, hungry; she prowls in packs and preys …

Genesis – Out of the void of anticipation, out of the time before time began …

She: Light, He: Dark – In the dark, there is she; she is the light …

Poised – The pen, poised over a virgin page. The brush, held before a ghostly stage …

Loss – It is loss (as much as gain) that binds us. It is pain (as much as joy) that joins …

The End – In the end, life is cruel. It takes too much, too soon. It gives too little …

We Africans – We, the spark of creation, we, first nation of nations …

African Idea – Africa wakes – It boils and bubbles, it stews and steams …

Karen Weinberg: In Memoriam –  She made me laugh, let’s start with that …

The Edge – The world is round, until we walk right off the edge …

Still Pond – There is a secret place on Hampstead Heath …

2011

Forty One – Another bumpy trip around the chunky sun …

Tree-Keepers –  The other day, on Hampstead Heath, while mist lay shrouded …

I Want To Be A Writer –  ‘I want to be a writer, Mom, Is there a secret trick?’ …

Monet’s Dream – The leaves are falling to the ground, I caught one as it fell today …

What Dreams May Come – What dreams may come, what cosmos reflected …

Villanelle for Justice – She rages against the fading of light …

Bee-Lieve –  As you nurture new buds and fresh shoots …

Wasted Days – So many wasted days, I scarcely dare to count them …

To My Muse –  To my muse in all her guises: my raiment – cloaked in nature …

Serenity – Calm turquoise waters and white tufted skies …

Galapagos – Genesis islands, straddling Hades and Eden …

Ambivalence – We think we know; in fact, we’re sure …

All the Clocks – All the clocks are running down, all our temples turn to dust …

Treasure Hunt – Each day I set out, like a curious scout, in search of a land of surprises …

The Writer –  I write my waking incoherence and when I sleep, I dream in words …

Shine, Africa, Shine! – Africa – the dark continent: so named by explorers …

No-Doo-Bee Days – Doo-bee, doo-bee, doo-bee, doo-ways …

Witness to a Kill – I’m witness to a massacre – unwitting and unknowing …

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – Yesterday, I was muddled and cuddled and bubbled …

Animated Life –  Sometimes it seems that you’re not listening …

Stripped – Stripped of all the trappings, the clatter …

Secret of Success – You say you want to know (and others too) the shining secret …

Lagos Lives! – Lagos lives, seeding and sprawling, steaming and smoking …

Step Out – Step out into the breaking day: step lightly and step brightly …

2010

Forty – What a year! Oh, what a year! Around the block, around the bend …

Wishing Leaves – We sat upon the bench that autumn night …

Resonance – The One who resonates in time and in tune …

Moment of Truth – There comes a moment, an empty, aching moment …

The Barefoot Don – He walks the mountains, plains and fields …

Let Bells Ring Out – There are bells for weddings, bells for births …

I Lie Awake – I lie awake and hear your velvet sigh …

No War – Don’t speak to me of holy wars of martyrdom and sacrifice …

African Dream – As white-hot skies give way to bloodshot red …

Kismet – I see you in your night of anguish, I see you in your cave of tears …

The Web of Love – We gather on the beach of life, with surf and sand and sun …

Wild Love – For some, love is tame, it is cute and cuddly like an adorable pet …

Marie’s Poem – I know a special lady and you may know her too …

Oh, To Be A Cloud –  Oh, to be a cloud, adrift in deep blue skies …

Futuristic Man – A futuristic man I am, I am a future’s man …

Wheel of Fate –  We set the wheel of fate in motion, but cannot know the way it turns …

Casino Life – Some say that life’s a gamble in which you win or lose …

Poem for New Year – The year is new, poised and expectant …

2009

Unspoken Words – I’m searching for ways to say what I mean …

Sahara – A silky dust devours the miles ahead between the barely living and the dead …

Subway Angel – Across the tracks, she glances up and smiles …

Desert Love – My lover’s face is nothing like the desert plain’s wide open space …

Castles – Castles built on sand soon crumble, poems raised to love soon stumble …

One True Light – The world shook and I felt the tremor, fires raged in the City …

Thirty Nine – As markets crashed and wild fires spread,  fresh waves of doubt …

Safe Place – Now you’re safe in your place and I’m safe in mine …

Dressing Gown – My dressing gown hangs over yours, content in their fluffy embrace …

Free Falling – Over the edge, at World’s End and Adventure’s Beginning …

Gentle On My Mind – You’re gentle on my motley mind, unexpectedly so …

Twinkering – Making changes, swift and small that seem to matter not at all …

Women of Africa – In the land of bow and spear, of chieftain and warrior …

Haiku 5 – A sting in the tail is neither poison nor pain …

Haiku 4 – Curtains slowly part, beauty is revealed as art …

Haiku 3 – Twin swans, white as silk, rise and fall with gentle swell …

Haiku 2 – Open petals glowing, with buzzing to and fro’ing …

We Never Kissed – We sipped wine to a starling serenade …

The Harbour – Life’s a great adventure – that’s true …

We Could – We could … but what about consequences? …

A Hundred Questions – A hundred questions in the room …

Life in Pieces – My life was full, crammed and spammed and jammed …

Rain – Before the rain expectation hangs in the air …

Possibility – Could it be reality is not a lot of what there is to see? …

Switch! Earth Year – Switch off the lights, turn off the plugs …

Dance Me – Dance me to an echo’s beat, a pulse of tests and time …

Gifts – There are gifts (so many musely gifts) that you gave to me …

This Day: The Inauguration of Barack Obama – This day is not just any day …

2008

Thirty Eight – A lifetime lived in just one year, at least that’s how it seems …

Colours in the Dust (Morocco) –  I leave behind the dusty brown …

Talk to Me! – Talk to me! The words that bring a wall of silence …

African Vine – The roots of Africa are deep, her branches spread wide and low …

Rainbow Mists – I leave today for distant skies …

Mandela and De Klerk – Divergent paths by twists of fate …

Scattered Leaves – When shadows drift across the moon …

Catch Me If You Can – I’ve been released into the wild …

Happy to See You – I am hoping to see you, happy to be hoping …

My Secret – So you want to know my secret? …

How the Mighty Have Fallen – All through the sapling days …

Prayer for Africa – Dear God, for the love of Africa, hear my prayer …

God Bless Africa – God bless Africa, for she is the seed of humanity …

The Dragon on the Phoenix – You are the mighty dragon …

Music of Africa – Music is the heartbeat of Africa, and as we drum, so we are drummed …

Caterpillar Kisses – We took a walk in London’s park that balmy summer’s day …

Cove of the Caspian – The scattered seeds of history lie buried in the desert shade …

Life Scribes – A fresh sunrise, a blank white page where we as scribes …

The End (This Time) – This time, my love, we have come to an end …

A Promise of New Worlds – The journeys we plan, the trips we make …

A Tale of Two Cities – A modern city by the river – The brochure purred enticingly …

Wendy Cope: Lasso Poet – I’ve met a poet or two, while tucked under the covers …

Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance Man – Born on a Saturday, third hour of night …

String, Donuts, Bubbles and Me – According to scientists the world’s made of string …

I Weep for Africa – I weep for Africa – and my tears water the ground …

Fog – What was it about the fog that day that so enchanted me? …

Under-rated Pleasures – In life there are so many under-rated pleasures …

Happy Days – These are happy day, blissful days …

Crocus – There is a hidden army on the rise …

Animal ABCs – Why not go down to the zoo and check what’s what and see who’s who?

Book Lovers – So what if it’s true, I sleep with my books …

2007

That Hairy Scary Man – Mommy, don’t make me, please, please don’t take me …

The Tunnel – Every tunnel has its ending, every aperture its light …

The Abyss – When you feel like you are falling into a gaping abyss …

Let Them – Let them rip and tear our pages, they cannot mute our story …

Listen As She Hums – All the world’s in harmony, a thousand beating drums …

Look Up! – When you’re feeling brown, look up, not down …

Thirty Seven – This moment is marked on my journey of days …

Island Wishes – You share such beautiful island wishes that my eyes blink with tears …

Walking in the Air – Oh, the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen …

Just Imagine –  … a life without each other, without the smiles and laughter …

Scattered Books – I am single minded among my scattered books …

Sliver of the Moon –  … gone too soon, too soon gone …

Gone Too Soon – Like a raven in the night, you’ve taken flight …

Broken Dreams – Every time you stir up the embers, I’m left with the burnt-out ash …

Flibbawookie – I’m loofed upon my slumpfry chair and snugful phrapped without a care …

Turkish Coffee Kisses – Cups of Turkish coffee kisses, sticky treats of pure delight …

Ideas of Winter – Clouds drift in billowing embrace, reassuringly grey …

I Hear You –  … in the silence when all the world’s asleep, I hear you tap the window …

Galaxies Cart-Wheeling – We make the skies dance and the trees sing …

CRD (Chronic Rhyme Disease) – I swear I will not bow to rhyme (this time) …

Skylight – Sky of mauve, clouds alight, pink and peach, pure delight!

A Love That Could Last – How quickly belief turns to doubt …

Chocolate Seduction – Mouth-wateringly tempting … when I peel back the wrap …

Look After Your Heart – I hear your warning: look after your heart, you’ve been hurt before …

Africa Calls to Me (Version 1) – Africa calls to me with the beat of her drums …

Africa Calls to Me (Version 2) –  Africa calls to me and I hear her voice …

African Odyssey – Beneath the boundless African sky, unblemished blue overhead …

Haiku 1 – Hungry finger tips feast on spread of glistening lips …

Life in Transit – Life is lived in the in-between, in transit between coming and going …

A Future Worth Fighting For – “This is war!” So my son tells me And my daughter agrees …

2006

I Know a Place in Africa –  … where I can feel the sun on my back …

Africa’s Pride (Ghana) – Basking in the welcome, walking in the rain …

2005

First People – First people of this ancient land, last exiles in the desert sand …

I Am An African – Not because I was born there, but because my heart beats with Africa’s …

2004

Baobab: Africa’s Tree of Life – At the heart of the African plain stands a tree both old and sage …

Separation – Gondwana, born of Pangaea, when separation first started, like a unicell dividing …

2002

Ode to the Elephant – Your sacred image looms large, painted on the rough canvass of Africa …

1995

Tangawatu – A young boy lay down in the African night …

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