by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Ein Nadelkissen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ein Nadelkissen bildete sich ein,
[Mit]1 dem Stachelschwein
Verwandt zu sein.
Das Nadelkissen
Ist, wie wir wissen,
Eine recht nützliche Erscheinung.
Natürlich sind wir ganz seiner Meinung.

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1 Bachlund: "Das mit"


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  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "A pincushion", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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A pincushion
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A pin cushion thought, quite elated,
That to a porcupine
It was related.
The pin cushion, in its turn,
Is porcupine-like
As we have come to learn.
Naturally we are simpatico with its view.


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