Another Artmann poem in Midwestern US English

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HER STERN OLD UNCL ORDRZ ROZALIA TA SLAWDR A CHICKN WICH BRAYKS ROZALIA’Z TINDER LIDDL HART

rozalia

her ole uncl sez

go slawder us a chickn

mistr maresch from the cmishn

is cummin over tuday

            oh rozalia

            how’z this thing gunna tern owt?

            cuzza stupid ole mistr maresch

            a wite chickn’z gahda dai

rozalia

sez hur old uncl

tayk th stileddo

an sharpn it up reel nais

on th wetstone—

th pore crittr

shoodnt hafta suffr tu much!

oh rozalia rozalia

            oh lillee an roze

            how’z this thing gonna tern owt?

            eevn juss tha thawt

            iz sooo nastee

            juss the thawt stabs ya deep

deep in yer good liddl hart!

 

rozalia

sez her old uncl

stay alert and dont cut

yerself on th finger —

i cant stan th sait a bludd!

oh rozalia rozalia

            yer good liddl roze-red hart

            wut’s gunna happn to it?

 

rozalia!

showts her old uncl

my frenn mistr maresch

an mee

ar waytin in th guzeebo

with ar naivz an forks

an weeruz hungree az tu ahxes!

oh rozalia!!

            rozee! sallee!

            yude rathr stab

            yerself in yer own hart

            than stab that pore

            chickn in herz …

 

 

Translated by Geoffrey C. Howes

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