Jan Taljaard

So often life passes us by without our noticing or taking time to reflect on the joys, the hurdles, the pain and frustration, the love and hurt, that make up a part of our daily lives. 

Thinking about these things led me to write this collection of poems over the past year. They draw on experiences, emotions and influences from throughout my life.

Born in France to parents in the diplomatic service, I was privileged to see a lot of the world and have been lucky to live in many countries including South Africa, Belgium, Greece, Spain, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Italy. Which is why I speak six languages fairly fluently and understand but can’t speak another three. 

I say these things not to brag, but to help you, the reader, understand how all this helped me have quite a broad view of the world, society at large and to see things the way I do.

It is my hope that some of these poems might resonate with you as well and that this book may become a little treasure, a conversation starter, a source of inspiration or even a dinner table discussion piece and something you can share with family and friends.