by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Das Ei
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Es fiel einmal ein Kuckucksei
Vom Baum herab und ging entzwei.
Im Ei da war ein Krokodil;
Am ersten Tag war's im April.


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  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "The egg", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The egg
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A cuckoo's egg dropped from a tree
And broke apart due to gravity.
Inwards was found a crocodile,
An April Fool's surprise reptile.


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