As anybody who has ever done anything knows, without the love and support of others, nothing is possible.
This website exists as a result of two generous-hearted souls from Hogsback - the vibrant Maggie Verster, whose skills and enthusiasm have provided me with the actual set-up; and a lovely donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but whose radiant responses to Norman's and my poetry over the years have blessed my writing. This person and Maggie both dearly wish to see my book emerge into the light of day and I can only bend my head in deep thanks.
My book, tracking Norman's and my experience of his illness to death and beyond, is the direct result of the voices of others - friends and family - in sympathy with poems I initially published on Facebook, sharing these with a following of about thirty kind and listening people - some of whom I have never even met face to face!
Without their encouragement, prayers and holding I would not have had the strength to carry the experience I was going through.
I feel deep gratitude, too, for the profound soul experience that Norman allowed me to share with him, for entrusting himself so utterly to my instincts as he gave himself to me to help usher him to the gate of death – keeping faith with his words “our belonging together to the mortal end.”
Huge thanks is due to my editors, Ed Burle, Jacques Coetzee and John van Wyngaard, without whose bright intelligences Greater Matter could not have become shareable on a wider scale. I also thank Michael Chomse for the gift of the portrait of Norman on the cover, and Mike Barwood, for his lovely cover design. Thank you, Flow Wellington, of PoeTree Publications, for your truly inspired layout, and your generosity and patience with me and my work.
An experience, such as is documented in the book I am busy with, frequently demands virtually unmediated contact with the spiritual realm.
I give thanks to the vast body of beings in that realm, from Norman’s and my Love-Angel to our Guardian Angels to the souls of ancestors and departed friends who stood by us, and still do, with soul power stringing us into contact with the Divine Powers that preside over all.
I give thanks that I have been given the privilege of producing a book such as I have faith will provide strength and comfort to many.