"Poiesis means 'making', and we make pies as well as poems", sê Versfeld in sy essay Pots and poetry. Ons is nie uit niks geskep nie. Ons wese wys eerder na 'n fundamentele vrygewigheid, 'n oorvloei van liefde, verklaar Versfeld, soortgelyk aan Jim Olthuis se gebruik van creatio ex amore. Hierdie skeppingsvuur lê vir Versfeld ten grondslag van die mens wat in sy / haar skeppingsoptrede God in die besondere van dinge vind. Alle dinge is intiem verbind deur die Woord se teenwoordigheid daarin - alhoewel te veel woorde in die pad daarvan kan kom : die wêreld is deur God uitgespreek, maar ons kan God nie uitspreek nie.
Much of the well-being of communities worldwide is dependent on the sea. The bulk of the world's global trade, approximately 80%, moves by water and the sea contains profound wealth in terms of natural resources (e.g. protein) and energy. Another fact is that globalisation and maritime trade are increasingly showing a closer interface. Maritime security along Africa's coast line is, thus, of the utmost importance. Growing activities of piracy around Africa's eastern and western coastal waters, especially since 2008, have increasingly threatened vital global commercial sea lines and international trade. The disturbing increasing rate of piracy and armed robbery along Africa's coastline further means that the African continent is currently paying a severe penalty in strategic and economic terms. The severity of maritime insecurity has compelled various role players in the international community to actively ponder and pursue solutions to the problem. It has also sparked a number of South African scholars and maritime practitioners to focus on the phenomenon of maritime insecurity along Africa's coast lines and the effect thereof in African waters.