transcribing from the original

four-two-wit
four-two-wit
four-two-wit

I am capturing
the lyrics

but I don’t know

really
I don’t know
whether I can decipher
them into words

wardle-ordle-ordle-ordle
yordel-odle-odle-orrr—-orr
wardle-ordle-ordel
yordle-odel-odel-ey

perhaps this
is close

idle idle-idle-idle
I am idling in sunshine
idle-idleidle
I am idling away

I have just tried singing
the untranslated copy
aloud
outside

the magpie uttered a comment

nyark

twice

nyark
nyark

then flew off

inconclusive
to my mind
that particular bird
is only a youngster

but I wonder
how close I really was
to the original
with my
enunciation

I thought
it was pretty good


© Frank Prem, 2017

Poem #10: before her majesty

20/11/2017

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6 thoughts on “transcribing from the original

  1. the magpie uttered a comment

    nyark

    twice

    roflmbo …. okay …. this just so totally makes this poem – the resonance of “deciphering lyrics” and using phonetics …. and knowing it’s “nonsense” – and to have witness to this? LOL – brilliant!

    I love how you’ve taken something so simple and translated it here Frank – it’s wonderful, light, delightful and just right 😀

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    • There’s no need to be laughing like that Pat – I thought I did a fair rendition …

      Actually I quite like doing little phonetic interpretations – they pop up all over the place in my work – the wind is a favorite.

      Glad you enjoyed.

      Cheers,

      Frank

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      • sorry sorry ….. but it’s a real delight to read this …. and I’m laughing cause I’m a closet co-conspirator! 😉

        and even if you take the simplest word …. like “apple” …. and you start saying it repeatedly, just as it is, it starts to sound weird to the ears and brain …. so please, I hope to read some more delightful phonetic interpretations 😀

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      • LOL … I know you were pulling my leg …. and you know, I’m still laughing as I keep rereading this poem, just as hard as I was the first time …. so yeah, let’s keep playing with words 😀

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