Friday, April 27, 2007

Oh woe is me! My head really hurts...I am making friends with my hot water bottle and the echinacea. So, another poem for sustenance:
LIFE'S GIFTS - Olive Schreiner, 1855-1920, South Africa

I saw a woman sleeping. In her sleep she dreamt Life stood before her, and held in each hand a gift - in the one Love, in the other Freedom. And she said to the woman, 'Choose!'

And the woman waited long: and she said 'Freedom!'

And Life said, 'Thou hast well chosen. If thou hadst said, "Love," I would have given thee that thou didst ask for; and I would have gone from thee, and returned to thee no more. Now, the day will come when I shall return. In that day I shall bear both gifts in one hand.'

I heard the woman laugh in her sleep.
(Published posthumously, 1923)
from THE NEW CENTURY OF SOUTH AFRICAN POETRY edited by Michael Chapman.



Blogger francofinn said...

Oh no! Are you feeling better yet? Thanks for the poem...Tristan and I were talking about it at work yesterday.
Did you get my email about Wole Soyinka?

8:56 pm  
Blogger Karen said...

Get well soon!

9:44 pm  
Blogger The Traveller said...

Wonderful poem - it is being copied into my little book of poetry I carry around with me! I hope you feel better soon - fennel and lavender are very good for headaches, so if you have a Lush store near you, get yourself a Golden Slumbers bath bomb to sit in a bath with! (If you've never heard of Lush check out

9:43 am  
Blogger equiano said...

Thank you all for your kind get well wishes - am definitely on the mend now.

Francofinn - yes, yes, yes (please) to Soyinka!

Karen, welcome to my blog. Make yourself at home. Everyone else should go and see her lovely photographs...

Traveller - the Canterbury lush store closed years ago (not sure why) but that sounds lovely. I may have to resort to picking my own lavender from the garden and infusing in my bath instead!

8:58 am  

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