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

Der Wassertropfen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ein Wassertropfen fiel vom Himmel;
Es war ein ungezog'ner Lümmel.
Im Grase schlief ein dummer Hase,
Der Tropfen fiel auf seine Nase.
Der Hase dachte sich dabei,
Daß er jetzt totgeschossen sei.
Er sprang in seinem großen Schreck
Aus seinem sicheren Versteck.
Der Jägersmann stand an der Straße
Und schoß ihn wirklich in die Nase.


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

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The water drop
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A water drop fell from the skies,
A trickster, I should emphasize.
In the grass did a stupid rabbit doze,
As the drop dropped down upon its nose.
The rabbit woke up on the spot
And surely thought it had been shot.
It leapt up from its resting place,
And thereby showed its rabbit's face.
A hunter took aim, the story goes,
And shot that rabbit in its nose.


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