Poetry~~ from South Africa

We are honored to bring you two poets from South Africa for the first edition of The River.  Martin Lochner  and Marion  Friedenthal~

~ Martin Lochner~

Martin lives in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa with his wife and daughter..

You can find Martins writings at his blog Kalahari Blues.


~~That Gleaming Rail~

i pot bellied boasting navels
shiny round ball bearing stomachs
haloing out of diesel grime
over alls and silver buttoned railway

these long waxed pig curled moustache workmen
rotated their lives between shifts of day and night
with metal lunch boxes and coffee tin flasks
strolling main road home or to that gleaming rail
that provided a town’s livelihood

my grand father worked that rail and my father too

providing me with the means
to take that broke back-heart break scenic route
out of town for good and forgetting

until now


coming back everything changed
and the fat men were now old and wiry

sitting on subsidized railway porches
looking on main road maybe thinking rail

going to that station i found it desolated
and the once shimmering humming rail all
rusted up and silent

on my knees and creasing my director slacks
i touched it and imagined the once proud spirit of it
corroding away as the blue collar folks on the porch


~ Marion Friedenthal~

Marion lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng with her husband.

You can find Marion’s work at Bleeding Moon Poetry. ~
beyond white
tinged with grey and pink
rain-washed blue
peeks through

fresh breeze dawn
punctuated by
sporadic bird calls

unwelcome sound
of city traffic
flips my mind

to a time

of innocence
when chirruping hosts
nested in

fleeting silence
between darkness
and dawn
alive with joy

tranquil past
rarely revisited

pain of
going there
runs too deep




7 thoughts on “Poetry~~ from South Africa

  1. South African poets after a heavy spell of Apartheid dropped their chains and started integrating again with the international community! River is one of those individuals that embraced us thank you very much and good luck with your fellow editors with the success of this paper!

    • Hi Claudia… :-))) I’m hoping that ‘The Trio’, by featuring two South African poets, will now continue to feature poets by country of residence and, in that way, give us insight into the lives of poets in faraway places… Submit poets of the world… submit! Looking forward to visiting your poetry via The River.

      • Wonderful idea Marion but you guys are the only country where two submissions came in from the same country. Yes people submit around the world.

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