by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Linda Godry

Die Ameisen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
In Hamburg lebten zwei Ameisen,
Die wollten nach Australien reisen.
Bei Altona auf der Chaussee,
Da taten ihnen die Beine weh,
Und da verzichteten sie weise
Dann auf den letzten Teil der Reise.

    So will man oft und kann doch nicht
    Und leistet dann recht gern Verzicht.

H. Große-Schware sets stanza 1


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  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "The ants", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

The ants
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The were two ants in Hamburg,
who desired to travel to Australia.
When they reached the Highway near Altona1,
their legs were hurting,
and wisely they abandoned
the final bit of their journey.

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1 Altona: the western part of Hamburg.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-30
Line count: 6
Word count: 33