POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An English poem by Tricia Louw titled ‘Gaya’s Call’.
ANTOINETTE KEYSER. First, you should know that you cannot simply bring a pup into the household and expect him to find his own way around your house and your property. He will need your guidance and protection, because he is still a little baby that has been adopted by you, and he comes with exactly the same amount of responsibility as a new baby, This is the reason why I advise people to make absolutely sure that they really do want a pup before they actually go ahead and buy one.
Next, you have to understand that the pup has been suddenly taken away from his mom without him having any say in the matter, and he will probably resent the situation. That is normal, and it is up to you to make sure he doesn’t begin to resent you. Just as important, it is up to you to give him a reason to want you as his owner, and provide him with enough scope to accept you as his parent.
OCTARINE VALUR. For months and months on end, you meet your donor for regular feedings and you get used to feeling completely well and healthy and energetic and you tend to take it for granted. For the lucky ones, feeding can even become something of an inconvenience – you want me to do that again? Now? You even start noticing a little doubt creep into your mind, in the midst of your bliss and contentment, despite what you know from past experiences. Do you really need it? You wonder. Is it just your imagination? And then one week, for a variety of possible reasons, your donor isn’t available. The unthinkable happens – you miss a feed.
JAMES-MANASA-NAGACHAKRA. In the western world, “Pagan” has long been a term of disrepute, suggesting someone who is uncultured, primitive, superstitious, or barbaric. Extending at times to the worst forms of idolatry and perversion. Originally the term “Pagan” referred to country-dwelling people in the Roman Empire, among whom the older pre-Christian religions survived the longest, suggesting that these religions were traditions of the “crude and illiterate”. Yet if we look at world history carefully, we see that that the Pagan traditions have produced probably the greatest flowering of knowledge and culture throughout the world, and continue to do so to the present day.
DAMON LEFF. A recent conversation with a British anthropologist and a prominent British neo-Pagan on the definition of ‘witchcraft’ in relation to Africa, revealed the extent to which modern Witches; actual practitioners and adherents of a religio-magical belief system and practice identified as Witchcraft,  are deliberately marginalized by academia and modern Pagan society in general, in favour of a distorted and prejudicial historical bias against Witchcraft. Our British friends require from us that we challenge the human rights abuses of witch-hunts and witchcraft accusations, but not question the beliefs that engender them.
POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An Afrikaans poem by Antoinette Keyser titled ‘Kom Somer’.