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    Dieting with a difference

    This delicious poem by author and co-owner of Hemingways Bookshop, Beth Hunt, made us cry, ‘vive la différence.’

    Beth Hunt. Photo: The Grotto

    At eighteen I obsessed to be thin as a pin
    crossed my heart and zipped my lips.
    Abstained from Lindt Intense Mint in Geneva
    Black Forest cake totally out of limits on the Rhine
    Refused buttered croissants on the Boulevard Champs Lysee.
    Pasta and spaghetti Bolognaise in Milano – No way!
    A sidewalk café cappuccino, the forbidden fruit.
    Oh, believe me, I had a fine time
    devouring museums, castles, galleries and parks.
    What a lark, scrawling postcards to friends from every port
    proud as Punch as I bade adieu to my jelly-belly
    witnessing a weighty waistline wilt away.
    By the time I arrived home
    I could fit into a mouse-hole.
    Those three weeks back in the seventies
    sight-seeing Europe on a dollar a day
    my chipmunk cheeks gone forever.
    I could slip through a crack in the door.
    Hallelujah to my Continental budget holiday
    I was cultured as a yoghurt and fat no more!

    Beth Hunt
    July 21 2020

    Beth Hunt is not only an award-winning writer and poet, she is also the co-owner of the legendary Hemingways bookshop in Hermanus.


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