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It is LEKKER to be Alive

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It is LEKKER to be Alive

EXAMPLE OF A CARPE DIEM POEM, USING THE WORD "LEKKER" ~ Su

The world news has not changed since Biblical times
War, famine, malcontents …
Floods and fires of epic proportion had raked the earth
Leaders, in general, were often *not LEKKER
With the media blitz today, depression is now a global malady –
Not a hollow in the ground or weather forecast jargon
Switching the TV off is one way of avoiding reality!

With a click of the button on my laptop I bring the world into my home
I can access people around the globe
People I otherwise never would have met or got to know well
We share our trails and tribulations and love for all things beautiful
I learn about other cultures through their eyes
Appreciation of the diversity of our planet has taken hold
It is **LEKKER to be alive in this technical age!

*not LEKKER: Crazy, mad, unstable…
**LEKKER: Great!

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Hi Suzette, it is indeed Lekker to be alive. I love your poems. I enjoyed reading Lonely and April 1994

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 2:24:00 PM
    this is amazing Su, you are so right with this wonderful poem,, still battling with Lekker,, but i love the poem subject...

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 10:27:00 AM
    I have written poetry including French or Latin - not languages in common use here or elsewhere. I thought that it would be fun to learn a new word and at the same time write and Inspirational poem.....

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 10:24:00 AM
    The word is used by other groups in our country as well, but in their own language: "Ndi mandi" ( Ek is lekker).. .:-)

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 7:13:00 PM
    So that word is actually used all the time where you live? Thanks for the footnotes. They really helped understand the way you used the new word in a poem!!

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/29/2013 12:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Andrea. As I said in my blog, it is all encompassing word and in regular use. I have even heard it on my overseas trip - used by people who have had contact with SA. Go for it! It is fun :-)
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 6:25:00 PM
    Nope Su I read your blog hon and I still don't get it? why even use the word LEKKER what does it have to do with anything? fret...grrr..I'm dense! Light & Love

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/29/2013 3:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    We have eleven official languages in SA. LEKKER is one word we all use and understand. It is shorthand for many phrases and very expressive.... ;-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/29/2013 12:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Why use the word "lekker"? Good question. Because it fits in everywhere and it has many nuances. Eg: I may be lekker stupid, but it is not lekker when people tell me that I am not lekker. (I may be very stupid, but it is not nice when people tell me that I am crazy.).... Love, Su
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 2:47:00 PM
    Sorry hon have no clue what LEKKER is? Is it a poetic device? It reads like I'm sticking any old word into a sentence TOMATO? It's Greek to me?

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/28/2013 3:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    If I had to visit the USA, for example, I will learn a few phrases, such as: Putting gas in my car (although gas over here is something that we pass....) ;-) Learning new things on PS is past of the fun (I think). Love, Su
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 11:35:00 AM
    This lekker poem stuff is sure interesting with the many different uses of the word.

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/28/2013 12:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I hope that you are going to try your hand at it, Isaiah. :-)
  1. Date: 1/28/2013 10:51:00 AM
    a real good entry for the contest, thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest ....

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 1/28/2013 12:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oops! I should have made it clear that this is an example of the poetry for the contest being held by me. X