BY CHIMNESE DAVIDS
TITLE: POEMS THAT FUEL THOUGHTS
AUTHOR/POET: GERT DIEDERICKS
The poet and his craft
I am a poet, because poetry gives the opportunity to express one of my passions, namely to visualize love and freedom in a unique way. Poetry is an art of words; a discovery of the soul, woven into thought patterns and embodied by love, the joy of living being merely one of the paths to explore. Poetry is furthermore a world of self- actualization, whereby the poet comes to understand the yearning to live passionately in order to internalize the essence of love and of exultation.
My credo is: “Life is about choices”. We do not necessarily have a say in what happens to us in this life, though we do have a choice regarding our reactions toward incidents in our life. I am a free spirit, independent and only driven by the passion of my heart.
I treasure understanding; the love for wisdom, a need for learning, respect to all humans through non-judgement and a wish to encounter truth – all of which is a part of my journey and longing to see beyond appearances, so that one may unveil the lack of light to bring forth the essence of love through life. My wish is to heal the healers of this world, to mend broken lives and to share the abundance of love through words from our Creator’s mind.
Gert Diedericks, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
KREATIV SA 2011
About the book
This book is a combination of poems, musings and pondering seeds I’d like to share with you. All is within the form if expression we call poetry; thus, many stories are imbedded within. Many of these stories are draped within my own inner being.
As part of the art of telling stories, we need to delve and have a real interest in those of whom the stories are told.
By having such an engrossed and dynamic relationship, we can then learn the true value of the rare and unique interdependency between souls, which one can say makes us all human.
The journey within minds of similar expression, or finding integration between the radiant beauty of different emotions, relationships, connections and energy, follows a fascinating path to discovery.
Poetry is not merely an art, limited to what we should comply to; much rather it is that which we can express with unlimited imagination, cognitive grasping and emotional flow of heart, in order to radiate a little of the light of the most magical soul living inside.
May you enjoy reading this compilation of thoughts as much as I have loved compiling them, by grace alone?
November 18, 2011
My Creator and God, who granted me wisdom, insight and experiences during the course of my adventurous, yet blissful life.
All I am and can be belong to Him alone and I’m eternally grateful for his grand, graceful Hand of Love.
The Editor’s Words~ Myra Lochner
Poems that fuel Thoughts by Gert Diedericks, published by KREATIV SA,
The poetry of Gert Diedericks, poet-photographer of Johannesburg, South Africa, is in the genre I call reaction poetry: reason and emotion converged into highly philosophical reflections. According to Gert poetry “gives the opportunity to express one of my passions, namely to visualize love and freedom in a unique way.”
He demonstrates this statement in his compilation of poetry, when he explores in a joyous, yet orderly manner the different layers of being: a placement of the soul within creation and in relation to co-travellers in the realm called life. His poetry stresses the fact that “life is about choices”; that we do get the opportunity to direct our lives through our responses and reactions, following our experiences.
Although Gert is a free spirit, his work shows that he truly understands patterns of cosmic order and the way our Creator intended it to be discovered in love and compassion. Every poem of his in this book of 155 pages, fuels intense and deeply spiritual thoughts. None can say it in better words than the poet himself:
“I treasure understanding; the love for wisdom, a need for learning, respect to all humans through nonjudgmental and a wish to encounter truth, all of which is a part of my journey and longing to see beyond appearances, so that one may unveil the lack of Light to bring forth the essence of Love through life. My wish to heal the healers of this world, to mend broken lives; share the abundance of love through words from our Creator’s mind.”
The different sections of his book are illuminated by creative, interesting photography that, as his poetry, entices the reader by sheer perception to embark on a journey of inner discoveries, spiritual awareness and of personal growth. Of utmost importance to get to the core of Gert’s world and work, is allowing a connection between sight, sound, emotion and memory. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging moods Gert displays throughout the book: it made me feel that he does not underestimate the intelligence of the reader.
Gert Diedericks writes with Light and of Light, and from a deep gratitude to be alive, and being able to lead readers to discover and rediscover the “enigmatic wonders of living”. His joy is almost tactile. He writes not only from a well of wisdom and insight gained by experience, but also as a kindred spirit, intuitively connected to the greatest of all writers, our almighty God and Author of the Book of Life.
GEORGE SOUTH AFRICA
February 6, 2013
BESTURENDE DIREKTEUR/MANAGING DIRECTOR: KREATIV
SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA
It took me quite a while to give this elegant poetry book the attention it truly needed it came to a time when I was in need of these words to comfort my soul when I was dealing with a relationship/friendship that meant a lot to me and with understanding my own philosophy in life it was this book that opened my mind to the things beyond the natural. The book is based on the spiritual realm as the poet takes the reader onto a journey of his own inner turmoil and his own inner emotions to convey what was hidden deep within. Within him was laying a craft, words, art, that reflects not just his own life, but so many of us out there are sitting with life choices, regrets, what ifs, people we could have loved and people we didn’t give much attention too, losing someone either through passing onto the eternal life or losing someone because there season in your life had come to an end.
When I first started with the opening poem
Within the complexity
One stumbles upon the simplicity
The anthology is written over thirteen sections of philosophical verses that would pull you in if you have ever lost and trying to find yourself in a world that you’ve messed up and trying to get back to the YOU, you once been. The YOU that is the pure you and the version of who you have been portraying to the world.
Section Freedom Inspired
Poem – Friend
This poem I have a deep connection with how you can vision that one friend that you can just connect with on a level beyond a friendship more like a kindred spirit. Gert had really portrayed his emotions well in this poem. Which is one of my favourites?
Poem – Flakes in a dream
The dimensions we are carried through from one plane to another, finding our very own true self in a world that can be come very chaotic. Where our emotions needs a timeout. This is that kind of poem where you get to journey through different dimensions to find yourself.
Dare to Dream
The title says it all dare to dream of the goals you have once believed in, dare to dream about finding true love, dare to dream and just maybe you can let go of everything that keeps you behind in this life.
Just dream and let go…
Spring in your step
I love this poem, it gives me hope that nothing is impossible that there is always hope for a new love, for a new job, for anything that you think can’t be achieved.
I love the poet’s words here:
“Follow your heart with a spring in your step.
The love you yearn for is moments ahead:
Listen carefully and choose wise;
An old owl will give you advice.
The road may be rough; the road may be long,
Your spirit and will carry you strong.”
This is only a few and there is still many of this beautiful anthology that I have saved close to my heart because the words give me hope in a world lost in veil, as a poet myself and the fact that I have known Gert for quite sometime and have read most of his poetry on the website Allpoetry~ Gert Diedericks
That is where I have met this fine poet with his charming glances and words that spreads a multitude of love for anyone of any culture of gender. His words is inspirational, motivational his heart is pure and in doing so he creates the most outpouring soulful verses that had been read by many around the globe.
Gert is a South African, from Johannesburg, this was his first publication and he outdid himself with this anthology I know for sure there is still many publications in both his mother tongue Afrikaans and English that will be written. Be sure to contact Gert Diedericks at email@example.com if you would like to purchase a copy of his book.
Gert I truly came to understand what love and light and Namaste meant since I have met you, our conversations we have shared over the time period since we have met had always left me with new hope how you as a person and now also trusting literally mentor and friend that had always given my work the best reviews and this is my way of thanking you a dear poet and a beautiful soul that you have really helped me in areas of my own writing career, passing your knowledge of life onto me a young lady from Cape Town, South Africa.
Thank you to Myra Lochner also trusting friend and confidant of both Gert and myself and also our editor from KREATIV SA for the wonderful words about Gert’s book, “Poems that fuel thoughts”.