Author Archives: chrisahrends

About chrisahrends

For me, writing is a healing art aimed at healing me - and if in any way it resonates with you - that would be wonderful. I live in Cape Town, South Africa; work in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and am married to Jacqui Macqueen Ahrends.

Last Words – Anna aged 7

Anna – Last Words Posted on April 18, 2012by chrisahrends 1. Today I say goodbye too soon, dear ones, I know; too few, the years we’ve shared so brief, the lessons learned. But things beyond our reach outside our grasp … Continue reading

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Christmas 2013

    born a child, we made him a god a Jew, we made him a Christian a Palestinian, we made him European   brown, we made him white a servant, we made him a king a revolutionary, we made … Continue reading

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New Dawn

    Alone away from home he sees more clearly than before that   the pale light shining is a ray of a new day dawning   for him, who has found in a field, a treasure, and sells all … Continue reading

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Ode to Rachel

Eighteen today, a day old, she died. Memories so vivid, yet faraway, her memorial day Tubes intruding, restraining the life, she was leaving. Worked all night throughout our vigil, her visit so fleeting. When it was over Nothing to say … Continue reading

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Mosotho Boy

His face in my lens; it could have been his eyes; I’m seen and taken in, to smouldering pools of mountain night, that with a glance, cast me askance, saying What are you doing here? He’s ten or could have … Continue reading

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Daylong Struggle to Pray – a second run at it!

1. Morning Prayers:   Candle lit in catholic arc of stone, Sitting still, attuned for daily grace, I find instead a taunting separate self singing the tuneless hymns of my slumbering morning-prayers.   2. Midday Intercession:   Gathering thoughts at … Continue reading

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Lagoon Meditation

    Here at the lagoon – the end of a beautiful day – I sit on the stoep of the old visserman’s huis at sunset watching the receding tide – thinking about the times we’ve been here – the … Continue reading

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Easter Appeal

  I came across a stanza by Gerard Manley Hopkins, in which he uses Easter as a verb. “Let him easter in us; be a dayspring to the dimness in us, be a crimson-cresseted east” I’ve used his remarkable words … Continue reading

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Bringing the Whole of Me

bringing the whole of me to sit in silence in the old stone chapel where many have sat before candles burning in their presence here at dawn I feel the hard work of carrying the load of duplicity as I … Continue reading

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Ode to Boyhood

Hot summer days on friendship beach, Sandy sunny belonging in unquestioned brotherhood.   Brown bodies on sweaty bunks, sheets of discovery uncovering unbounded life.   Comrades on mountain peaks, euphoric blistered steps deepening tribal togetherness.   Cycles pedaling city streets, … Continue reading

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No dinner harmony tonight

pic by alex grey *************** Looking forward to dinner with friends… who had sailed the seas and swam with dolphins; Listening to tales of inspiring worlds and pondering the shamans’ cryptic words, “Man is the Dream of the Dolphins” But … Continue reading

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High in the Malutis

i/ High in the Malutis I see clinging crops on craggy mountain contours surrounding thatched huts and wonder, whose homes are they? ii/ I see the young boy not yet ten plastic bottles and gumboots singing at dusk dispatched to … Continue reading

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The Night’s Quiet Hour

In the night’s quiet hour I awake. Sleep escapes my tired head of thoughts that lead to nowhere; Now here now there, no urgent paths to tread. Just faces, places, tasks and stories raising their many coloured heads, their textured … Continue reading

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Remain Open

Remain open and vulnerable to God, he pleads… How do I? Surrender the small-self, all tied up in images, the need for assurance and, am I loveable?   Allow that first-self unseen, unknown, unfolding God’s DNA in each of us … Continue reading

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Anguish

I saw them today living with such anguish My heart tore listening to their story Described how hard it is, Making and keeping those around them – Relationships of any depth Pushing and pulling Counter-weighing the forces of those who seek, they said … Continue reading

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