Keeping hope alive in poetry

2016-08-23 06:00
Laverne Schwimmbacher says her book of poems called Pathways of Inspiration carries a message of hope for every one. She says despite the challenges people go through they have to hang on the hope.

Laverne Schwimmbacher says her book of poems called Pathways of Inspiration carries a message of hope for every one. She says despite the challenges people go through they have to hang on the hope.

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Laverne Schwimmbacher from Constantia says everyone goes through a difficult time but people ought to hold on to hope.

Having gone through a difficult time herself after losing her father and husband about six years ago she turned to writing poetry to inspire others.

“Their death triggered something in me. I was writing on and off since the age of 17 but their deaths just put me in a different space and I started to write a lot. The aim was to encourage people to hang on. Difficult times will always be there but we have to hang on to that hope that it will work out some day,” she says.

She has covered a range of subjects. “I wrote about a girl that was crippled, wrote about my daughter and wrote about divorce. I stopped for some time but when my husband died it sort of opened the path of inspiration again and I wrote more and more. I would write on what people asked me to write about. I have written about cancer, death, rape. It was all unplanned and I’m glad it worked well,” says Schwimmbacher.

She launched her poetry book called Pathways of Inspiration in May and says it carries a message of hope for everyone. Her book has 43 poems. It’s a combination of everything that happens in people’s lives.

“Most of the things that I write about are random. Its things that happen to people every day and I bring them to life in words and encourage people. Some might be sad, some bring so much pain and grief, some bring joy. But I want people to be inspired to take each day as it comes and to know that difficult times are not meant to last forever,” she says.

The grandmother of two who works as an order administrator says she always has time to write her poems. “I don’t plan on what to write about it just comes. Even if I’m at work if an idea comes up I just put it down. I write poems that are very simple. They can be enjoyed by small children and they can be for adults too. The language is very easy, not complicated at all. Anyone can read it and understand,” she adds.

“I have been asked to read my poems. I remember when I read one poem I wrote about cancer at a cancer event there was no dry eye in the room. It’s sad but what I like about my poems is that they bring about hope. They inspire you and motivate you to hang on and be hopeful, such is life.” V To order the book you can Schwimmbacher on 082 496 9955

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