Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Shumáad Delineha - Space Flight"

Today's freebie poem was inspired by a prompt from haikujaguar ... and by Láadan, a language invented by ozarque. I'm not sure if my use of the grammar and vocabulary is quite perfect, and the translation is inexact since Láadan handles words rather differently than English, but I really had fun writing this. You can browse Láadan lessons and vocabulary online here.


Shumáad Delineha



Bíilan melolin with ranileha we.
Nashumáad yo.
Mehéedá with áwithethath.
“Bó il!” medi with.
Mehil áwith.
Mesháadehul óoyahonetha yulomathath.
Meshumáad óoyatha.

Bíi le dáanashoná wa.
Bíi ril ozh le wa.
Be aríli ozh le we.


* * *

Space Flight



Rejoice! I have dreamed:
The women gather outside.
A spaceship takes off.
The women lift their girl babies.
“Look!” say the women.
The girl babies look.
Their minds grow wings.
Their hearts fly.

I am a poet.
I dream in the present.
I will dream in the distant future.

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EDIT 11/7/09: Here is a revised version, thanks to input from amjbarnhart regarding the Láadan.


Shumáad Delineha



Bíilan melolin with ranileha we.
Nashumáad yo.
Mehéedá with áwith benethath.
"Bó il na!" medi with.
Mehil áwith.
Mesháadehul óoyahonetha yulomathath.
Meshumáad óoyatha.

Bíi le dáanashoná wa.
Bíi ril ozh le wa.
Be aríli ozh le we.


* * *

Space Flight



Rejoice! I have dreamed:
The women gather outside.
A spaceship takes off.
The women lift their girl babies.
“Look, lovey!” say the women.
The girl babies look.
Their minds grow wings.
Their hearts fly.

I am a poet.
I dream in the present.
I will dream in the distant future.
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