Painting and poem by Trienke
Poet, painter and author of poetry collections
Catherina Elizabeth (Trienke) Laurie was born on 10 May 1946 in Cape Town. She
grew up in Cape Town and in Stellenbosch, where her father, the acclaimed poet D. J. Opperman, was professor of Afrikaans. Her mother, Marié van Reenen, was also a writer.
Trienke studied History and Art at the University of Stellenbosch, where she also attended her father's famous 'Letterkundige Laboratorium'. After receiving a Teachers Diploma she taught at a school in Vredendal, Cape, for a year. In 1990 she continued her studies at the University for Christelike Hoër Onderwys, in Potchefstrooms (BA Hons, cum laude, 1992).
She is a well known painter and has had several exhibitions.
Trienke is married to Dirk Laurie, a professor of Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch. They have five sons. Trienke and Dirk Laurie live in Somerset West.
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Met vat en voel of maak
soos drywende kontinente pas en skuif
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Houd een scherp oogje in het zeil
Verdwyn soos 'n kiewiet,
English translation by Dirk Laurie:
"Keep a sharp eye in the sail" (Dutch proverb, motto of the secret service of the ZAR)
Vanish like a plover
|From "Skietspoel" :|
Ek, heerser en spil van die web,
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Eenkant, tussen die opdrifsels van Houtbaai,
Aan Hannetjie Schreck
Waar is jou skrywe oor 'n veer --
Wreed het jy met die aarde gebots,
Met die opstap na die voordeur
Ons het kort gelede hier gestaan,