POETRY USED TO CONSOLE PASSERBYS
By: Anele Nduzulwana
“All through the day I had no time to speak a word of cheer, I had no time to speak of Christ to friends.
They’d laugh at me, I feared. No time, no time too much to do – that was my constant cry; no time to give to those in need- at last it was time to die,” recited Sarie
Pretorius (35) is a rape and cancer survivor who sits by a corner of McDonald’s restaurant on West Street, to write poems and beg for donation to feed herself and her family.
Pretorius lives at the Glitz and Fusion Shelter on 25 Pickering Street, where she lives among drugs addicts and criminals. She only comes out of the shelter when she wants to ask for
donation or write her poems.
She started writing poems earlier this year, which marks the tenth year after her cancer operation on the stomach. Pretorius was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 when she was still
She has been through difficult times; at the age 14 she was gang-rapped by her high school friends in a home where she was looking after a child.
Pretorius writes Christian poems that speak more of her life as a child of God and the challenges she had gone through during her growth.
Pretorius said that she gives out written pamphlets of her poems to all those who are willing to listen to her poems and it’s up to them whether they donate or not.
She said that writing is what makes her feel at peace with the difficulties she had gone through during her childhood.
“I believe writing is my calling.
I use it as a tool to send a message of hope to those who are suffering.
It is not only about making money, so I don’t care if they donate or not,” she said.
As a born-again Christian, she believes that God doesn’t want her to be rich.
She uses her writings only to console those who are suffering, not to make living.