Inspiring a passion for poetry

2016-10-18 06:00
Glorya Alfreds from Heathfield, a published poet, says she was inspired by one of her high school teachers. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

Glorya Alfreds from Heathfield, a published poet, says she was inspired by one of her high school teachers. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Glorya Alfreds from Heathfield, who has been writing poems for 19 years, says she is forever grateful to her English teacher for inspiring her.

“I was attending Heathfield High School and my English teacher was passionate about poetry and Greek mythology. That love that she has was transferred to me. She taught it so perfectly and I just told myself this is what I want to do.

“That was back in 1987 when I got inspired by her. Then I began to put pen to paper in 1997.

“The Greek mythology is parallel to the South African history. There are similar cases as the Trojan horse, so I really got be excited and inspired,” she says.

For her to write she has to be in a quiet space.

“For me my quiet space is in my lounge. I sit here and I write about almost everything. When you write you have to be somewhere with your thoughts and all the creative juices flow.

“My writings are of an inspirational nature. They range from love and politics to religion. I write about life situations, what affects me, what affects the next person.

“I usually write when I’m in a good mood because I have learnt never to put anything down when you’re angry. With writing, if you put it down it stays there forever and writing out of anger is not always a good thing,” she says.

She has published her poems in anthologies like Rhymes Articles Poetry Short Stories Sketches (Rapss). She has also published with the Poetry Institute of Africa, the Christian Poetry Association, Noble House Publishing and online on and to mention a few.

“One day I would like to publish my own book of poems. For now I’m just publishing my poems with other people. I’m happy the message is getting out there.

“People like my work. Each time I put out a poem they are waiting for the next one. That is inspiring,” says Alfreds.

Apart from enjoying writing so much she also loves reading other people’s work.

“I draw a lot of inspiration from [American poet] Helen Steiner Rice. My favourite poem is ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling. It has so much power. It’s more of an encouragement that men, if you walk with your head high, you can achieve anything. Yes, there might be challenges but you must always keep your head high. This is what I aim with my poems as well. To inspire people and to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”V To read some of her work visit her Facebook page Glopoems.

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