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Poem: "Pronouncements"
This poem came out of the November 3, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by haikujaguar and sponsored by janetmiles.


It was perhaps regrettable
that the instructions for creating a golem
were written entirely in Hebrew
and that, in certain words,
the vowels made all the difference.

It was perhaps regrettable
that the directions to the tomb
that did not contain a mummy army
were written in heiroglyphs
which did not include vowels
but did have a variety of alternate meanings.

It was perhaps regrettable
that the Mad Arab wrote in Arabic,
where the vowels – though present – were
merely diacritical marks, easily obscured
by aging parchment and hungry bookworms,
and that the djinn were particular
about the pronunciation of names.

Certainly it was regrettable
that several students in Professor Derleth’s
“Historical Linguistics for Sorcerors” class
had failed to do their homework.

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dakiwiboid From: dakiwiboid Date: November 4th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

The sphinx and I

are giggling madly.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 4th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The sphinx and I

I'm glad that you-two are enjoying this poem. I was basically hunting for a context that would let me pull in multiple consonantal writing systems, and this seemed like fun.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: November 6th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoops! *giggles* Yes, that would be bad. I like "Professor Derleth".
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 6th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

It seemed like a good context for bringing in multiple languages. The name was inspired by a TV show that Doug showed me, in which several students in a classroom were named after famous Mythos writers.
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