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Poem: "Shumáad Delineha - Space Flight" (revised)
Here is the revised, final version of the poem "Shumáad Delineha / Space Flight" rendered in Láadan and English. This poem came out of the November 3, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from haikujaguar plus the Láadan language originally created by ozarque. Special thanks to amjbarnhart for additional input on the Láadan portion. You can read about the revision discussion, and see the rough draft, on the original page.

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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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Screw it

I'm sick of just letting this go. Where are the men in this poem?

Regards - your friendly neighborhood rocket scientist
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 15th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Screw it

There aren't any. Men are all over rocket science. They don't need to be in every poem. Nobody is in all of my poems. I write genderfic for all genders, so there are solos. This one happens to be all about women. There are other times when I write just about men.
corona_rift From: corona_rift Date: November 21st, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wil sha

Bíi áya lalidáan wa.

From a newcomer to Láadan who found your page through fortunate chance. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 21st, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wil sha

Wil sha!

I'm glad you found my page. I enjoy a wide range of linguistics and xenolinguistics. Sometimes I post over on the Láadan community.
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