Known locally as Heart Bay, Houters or even the Republic of Hout Bay, this sleepy suburb on the very end of the Atlantic Seaboard has a charm that is 100% unique. Essentially, Hout Bay is a fishing village, with a bustling working harbour that boasts yacht charters, fresh fish and even an outdoor market. Added to this is a beautiful beach, laid-back vibe and some of the best scenery in the city.
Thank you all who had made this LEKKER contest a success. One of the requirements of the contest was that the word "LEKKER" had to feature in your poem. There were a number of excellent poems which had disqualified themselves due to not adhering to this simple rule. Sorry...
The winners were excellent and I had a hard time choosing between them. I would like to highlight one of the first place winning poems here. It is a tribute to the South African dialect and it warmed my heart to see that we take pride in our mixed culture, which includes the diverse and special concept of language - we do speak, using idioms from different languages. Yes, I am as surprised as you are! Cyndi, please take a bow - you deserve a gold star on top of the first place Glory. Cheers!!!
Daylight dwindled and the sky was ablaze
with colours so warm that memory blistered,
I sipped hanepoot, recalling meeker days,
nearby, a couple grazed on koeksisters.
She, though choty goty, was wholly dof,
treating her date like he was her boet,
when his eyes said I can’t get enough,
he, as smaak stukkend as a mal poet.
Ag! How I regret the chances not taken,
a lover left waiting, sweetness not pressed.
Damn those who sleep! We must awaken
each slap gat heart that aches for a caress.
I turned to her and sighed, “He’s a lekker!”
Then I mouthed to him, “Moegoe! Just kiss ‘er!”
By Cyndi MacMillan
South African words I've used
hanepoot -- a type of wine
graze-- to eat
Koeksisters -- a type of fried pastry
choty goty -- pretty girl
boet -- male friend
smaak stukkend -- to love madly
mal -- crazy
press -- ahem, to have sex
slap gat -- lazy arse
lekker -- great, good, wonderful
moegoe -- stupid/coward
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS