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Below is the poem entitled CHILDHOOD AT GRANDMA'S which was written by poet RONNY MADONSELA. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.



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At grandma's we played with 
Ate sweets that gave us cavities
And my cousins were my best 
Granny would make pap, white 
and soft
Served with wors
(sausages) that made everyone's 
mouth water, even mum.

We'd gather around a fire
''making maize magic'' we'd say 
As we braai maize and vleis 
Before the fire dies Gogo 
Makes her legendary vetkoeks,
A delight to enjoy for days.

Sometimes we' climb the mango 
As the thrill intrigued us, for it 
was dangerous
The bees would buzz and we 
just ran
But Gogo awaited at the kitchen 
With a belt to give a hiding
But we would cry before she 
punishes us
In hopes of dodging the bullet.   

At grandma's we grew up.


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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Sounds like a festive time, Ronny! Your Gogo (love that term:), sounds like a stern one! I'm wondering too, what "pap and Vetkoeks" is. Makes me feel hungry! Love family gatherings, and this one is a gem! Keep well! Mikki

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 7:14:00 PM
    I LOVE this one. And it made me wanting to know what those foods were that you were naming off: the pap, vetkoeks, etc! What language is that? I do not even know! Such a cool poem. Where did you grow up??

    Date: 6/2/2012 12:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    pap is a kind of starch meal made of maize meal. And vetkoeks are like dougnats bt without the sweet icing. These are some of the classic SouthAfrican meals.
  1. Date: 5/29/2012 7:45:00 AM
    I enjoy all foods, you made me hugry to try something new! and ya know what my dad did to me, he liked the fact I had nice straight teeth, and when I went to unwrap the seliephane(plastic from both ends, twisted) he said, "watch out for the candy man...."~ the way he hsaid it I was terrified of the candy man!hahahaha, but only have a craving for certain sweet candies once in awhile, and I devour them! enjoyed your writing this moring. Cindy Lu

  1. Date: 5/29/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Very nice memories here! I have memories similar to that at my own grandma's house...though the food is very different and no mango trees!...ha! Well done!

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 1:07:00 PM
    seems growing with grandma has helped you become a great poet,love it

  1. Date: 5/27/2012 10:07:00 PM
    Thanks for your comments on my "Bite Me". I love your "Childhood at Grandma's". I, too, spent time with my grandma. She taught me to appreciate many things; including the smell of sunshine on the clothes we hung out to dry. KJ

  1. Date: 5/27/2012 10:05:00 AM
    warm reminisces of youth that make my heart flutter, ronny.... i just did one about grandma but this one is much better!.. wow..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 8:43:00 PM
    Beautiful memories of a special grandmother you have shared! It sounds like the islands, maybe Jamaica? Although I don't recognize the cuisine. I'll have to go see where you're from. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 1:13:00 PM
    Happy time with your beloved grandmum, always in your heart. - Lovely written poem Ronny. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Ronny - This is a special place in your heart that you have allowed us to see. Time with Granny is something you always carry with you forever - a special special time!!

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 11:01:00 AM
    Ronny this sounds like magical times at gran's, well done..David

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 10:48:00 AM
    Childhood memories can be sweet and some can be glad your's is something to smile about when the mind wonders down memory lane. lots of hugs and thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. Marci

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 10:39:00 AM
    Ronny, love your poem! :) You brought back sweet childhood memories for me...

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 10:06:00 AM
    Definitely makes a colorful scene with original language. Well written with a good closing