Treasure Island

Vincent Kuo

(04 April 1989)

Die Ou Wyndrinker


*English translation in notes below*

Ek bid vir reën in die Boland,
Sodat die druiwe kan groei, vir nog meer wyn.
Ek sit in 'n kroeg in die Stad van Goud
met 'n stukkende hart, en 'n bottel vol pyn.

Die musiek van die orkes vloei deur die drinkpan
en die duuntjies neem my terug na Stellenbosch.
En as hul' vra: 'Wie's die vent wat so huil? '
Dis net ek, die ou wyndrinker Hannes de Vos.

Ek verlaat die pragtige Weskaapland
toe my bokkie weg was, in 'n oneerlike gemors
Ek dog ek kry werk en net van haar vergeet
Maar selfs in Jozi, bly die gat in my bors

Die orkes speel nog aan, met passievolle swang
Maar my hart, my hart is weg in Stellenbosch
Die wêreld begin te dryf en draai in die rondte
Om my, die ou wyndrinker Hannes de Vos.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Eenvoudige Afrikaanse gedig met Suid Afrikaanse verwysings. Dit beskryf 'n baie algemene ervaring van 'n Matie student wat liefde verloor het in Stellenbosch. Die pyn sleep voort, tot lank na die sonnige dae van universiteit.

*English Translation: *

*The Old Wine Drinker

*I pray for rain in the Boland
*so that the grapes can grow, for more wine
*I sit in a pub in the City of Gold
*with a broken heart and a bottle of pain

*The music of the band flows through the bar
*and the tunes take me back to Stellenbosch
*And if they ask: 'Who's the guy that's crying so? '
*It's just me, the old wine-drinker Hannes de Vos

*I leave the beautiful Western Cape
*when my girl went away in a dishonest mess
*I thought I'd get work and forget her
*But even in Johannesburg, the hole in my chest remains

*The band plays on, with passionate swing
*But my heart, my heart is lost in Stellenbosch
*The world begins to drift and spin
*Around me, the old wine-drinker Hannes de Vos.

*English Notes:

Simple Afrikaans poem, with numerous South African references. It depicts a general experience of a Maties (Stellenbosch University) student, that has lost love in Stellenbosch. The pain lingers on, until long after the sunny days of university.

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  • Pheko Motaung (5/16/2012 1:08:00 PM)

    Very beautiful poem! Maar die gedig is ook pragtig in Afrikaans.Dankie vir die vertaling ver die gene wat nie Afrikaans praat.Mooi (Report) Reply

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