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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
"Sie haben sich gestern schrecklich betragen!"
Wollte das Putzleder zur Trommel sagen.
Aber die Trommel spannte schnell
Ihr dickes Fell
Und begann einen donnernden Wirbel zu schlagen,
Na -- und da blieb dem Putzleder vor Schrecken
Das Wort im Munde stecken.


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

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
"Yesterday you behaved rather badly,"
The chamois planned to say to the drum.
But the drum tightened quickly
Its thick coat
And began beating a thundering drum roll
Yup - and in the chamois for fright
Remained, its opinion unspoken.


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